Will this year’s iPhone 12 be delayed due to the coronavirus?

If you’re holding out for a new iPhone this September, you might be disappointed.

Broadcom, a manufacturer that is tasked with creating components for Apple’s iPhone range, has spoken about its challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the iPhone 12 range – including the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – could be delayed.

Due to the ongoing crisis, the company’s CEO, Hock Tan, has suggested a “major product cycle delay” at a “large North American mobile phone company”.

Though he didn’t specify Apple in his comments, we can read between the lines and assume he’s referring to Apple.

Tan was speaking about the current situation, Tan told Bloomberg that the company was “in” on the next iPhone release, but that “the question was timing” as to whether the new range of smartphones would be ready for their usual September release.

“This year, we do not expect to see this uptick in revenue until our fourth fiscal quarter,” he added. “So accordingly, we expect, our wireless revenue in Q3 will be down sequentially.”

Over the past few months, there have been conflicting reports over the upcoming iPhone 12 release, and though some analysts are optimistic, most agree that Apple will debut the new iPhones in September and stagger their release through October and November.

Some also believe Apple will suffer shortages as consumers look to upgrade to a 5G-enabled device.

Apple followed a similar strategy in 2018 with the release of the iPhone XS. Though the XS and XS Max were ready in September, the company held off the release of the XR for a month to cope with increased demand and give manufacturing branches more time.

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