Apple is reportedly delaying mass manufacturing of its upcoming iPhone 12 handsets by round a month. The Wall Street Journal reports that the impression of the coronavirus pandemic throughout provide chains and manufacturing has disrupted Apple’s iPhone 12 mass manufacturing plans. Rumors counsel Apple will introduce 4 new iPhone fashions later this yr, all with 5.4-, 6.1-, or 6.7-inch OLED screens.
Apple sometimes unveils its annual iPhone refresh in September and begins transport units earlier than the top of the month. The iPhone maker is ready to do that because of mass manufacturing over the summer time months, permitting the corporate to rapidly ship units to retailers after the handsets are formally unveiled.
The rumored mass manufacturing delays won’t have a direct impression on when Apple launches the iPhone 12, although. WSJ stories that Apple will nonetheless be manufacturing new iPhones throughout July to September, however the mass manufacturing delay may imply we’ll see shortages of the brand new handsets later this yr.
Apple has skilled iPhone manufacturing delays earlier than. The iPhone X was introduced alongside the iPhone eight in September 2017, however it didn’t arrive in shops till November because of some manufacturing points. Apple’s iPhone XR was additionally introduced in September 2018, and hit shops in October after stories recommended Apple was having points with LDC show manufacturing.