Apple is reportedly delaying the mass production of its upcoming iPhone 12 by about a month, according to a report by Wall Street Journal (WSJ). People familiar with that matter told the news agency that the move was in response to the lowered global consumer demand of mobile devices and disrupted product manufacturing due the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sources added that despite its delay, the company is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models later this year. It’s said that the new models will be enabled with 5G connectivity – a feature that has yet to be incorporated into any of Apple’s flagship products.
The report also stated the company was slashing the number of mobile phones that it plans to produce in the second half of 2020 by as much as 20% due to the current situation. Earlier this year, production of Apple products faced a slowdown as its major production factory in Zhengzhou was temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.
Typically, new iPhone flagship models are introduced in September with sales commencing later that month. However, if the reports of the delay are indeed accurate, then it’s likely that the upcoming iPhone 12 series would only hit store shelves sometime towards November.
On another note, Apple launched the second generation iPhone SE last week. The device is a throwback to the iPhone 8 model, but features the newer A13 Bionic chip which is also equipped on current generation iPhones.