Apple is expected to take the wraps off a new iPhone in the fall, but given the current global health crisis, people familiar with the matter repeatedly said the company could delay the unveiling for one to several months.
In the worst case scenario, the iPhone 12 could be pushed back until 2021, but this is very unlikely to happen.
Furthermore, it looks like Apple suppliers are already prepared to begin the manufacturing of iPhone 12 components, so the delay only occurs if the Cupertino-based tech giant specifically wants to postpone the unveiling in the first place.
The biggest change for the next-generation iPhone is the introduction of 5G capabilities, with at least one model to feature 5G support – previous reports indicated that Apple wants to bring 5G to all iPhones going live this year, but for the time being, no confirmation has obviously been offered.
5G module manufacturing ready
And because 5G is the most notable improvement in 2020, a potential delay of the iPhone 12 was believed to happen mostly because suppliers were unable to reach Apple’s demand. But according to a report from Digitimes, these 5G module suppliers currently waiting for Apple’s go-ahead to begin the production of the components that would end up being used on the iPhone 12.
In other words, Apple suppliers are now ready to make the iPhone 12 happen if the company wants to bring the device to the market according to the original schedule.
Apple typically unveils new iPhones in September, but for the time being, it’s still not clear if the original release calendar would still be used. An announcement will most likely still come in September, but sales of the new iPhone could be pushed back for about a month if Apple eventually embraces the delay.