After releasing record quarterly results, Apple has announced bad news. The Chief Financial Officer of the company, Luca Maestri, has explained that the iPhone 12 will be delayed compared to previous years.
“As you know, last year we started selling iPhones in late September. This year, we expect the supply to be available a few weeks later, “ Maestri said at the conference.
The comment means that we could see the new iPhone 12 launched in October or even November, although they will surely be in time for the Christmas campaign.
Yesterday, reporting his fiscal third-quarter earnings, chip designer Qualcomm said 5G phone shipments would decrease 15% in the current quarter because an unnamed customer was planning to delay the “global launch of its 5G flagship phone. ” It didn’t take much research to discover that the anonymous customer was Apple.
Since the coronavirus began making its way into the world earlier this year, there has been talking that Apple may delay the launch of the iPhone 12 series.
The company’s supply chain was operating at less than full speed, and assembly lines at the facilities run by Foxconn, its main manufacturing partner, were at 50% capacity as supplies were scarce.
In the past, Apple has had to launch certain iPhone models after September. In 2017, the iPhone X was not released until November 3 of that year. The following year, the iPhone XR was not released until October 26, and last year was the first time since 2016 that all iPhone models were released in September.
We should see four new iPhones released this year, including the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
All four models will be powered by the A14 Bionic 5nm chipset. “Pro” drives will have 6GB of memory and storage options will start with 128GB. Premium variants will come with wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto cameras alongside the LiDAR depth sensor first seen on the iPad Pro 2020.
We could see in the «Pro» models another characteristic of the iPad Pro: the refresh rate of 120Hz. The iPhone 12 will also have a different design. Apple is replacing the rounded sides present since the 2014 iPhone 6 series with the flat sides that Apple first used on the iPhone 4 in 2010.