Apple’s next iPhone could be delayed due to the ongoing CORVID-19 virus.
According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple has spoken with its Taiwanese partners over the production of their next flagship smartphone range, rumored to be called the iPhone 12.
Though production companies are expected to meet deadlines for the upcoming iPhone SE 2, also known as the iPhone 9, Apple has reportedly stopped sending engineers to China to work on the production of the iPhone 12, which could stall its assembly and ultimate release.
Apple is reportedly restricting travel to China and only “critical” journeys can be made to avoid the further spread of the virus. What’s more, many of the company’s suppliers in the country have had to suspend their operations, meaning parts and units are running low.
Because of the ongoing epidemic, and no clear end date in sight, DigiTimes has suggested that production on the iPhone 12 could be delayed until June, meaning that it could fall short of units when the device is announced and launched in its expected September timeframe.
The Cupertino company is widely expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models in September, all with 5G connectivity for the first time.
Rumors point to one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model, each shipping with Apple’s new A14 chip. A separate report suggests that Apple is ordering 50% more A14 chips than A13 chips.
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