Apple is expected to expand the iPhone lineup to four smartphones this year
A WSJ report claims Apple has cut back estimates for July-December by as much as 20 per cent.
Apple is also reportedly a month behind in iPhone 12 production.
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The COVID-19 pandemic will delay the launch of iPhone 12 this year, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The report claims that Apple is a month behind in iPhone 12 production, which might lead to Apple pushing back the launch date beyond the usual first Tuesday of September, owing to disruptions in the supply chain. The report claims Apple has cut back estimates for July-December by as much as 20 per cent.
Apple is expected to expand the iPhone lineup to four smartphones this year — A 5.4-inch model, a 6.7-inch model, and two 6.1-inch variants. The iPhone 11 series was launched in three variants that feature 5.1-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch displays.
This is not the first report to claim Apple has cut back on production. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said iPhone 12 production is a month behind. He said since Apple executives cannot fly to China right now, the company has shifted the engineering verification process to remote operations. However, factories are still taking more time than under normal circumstances.
Having said that, a delay in mass production does not necessarily mean Apple will postpone the scheduled launch date. It could very likely be a repeat of what happened with the iPhone X or the iPhone XR where the phones were announced in September but customers had to wait for a month to get their hands on them.
As mentioned before, Apple is working on releasing four iPhone 12 models this year. Leaked design of the iPhone 12 hints at an iPad Pro-like flat-edge chassis and there are rumours that all the iPhone 12 modems will have 5G support, although only the high-end iPhone 12 models could get support for mmWave while the rest may only get support for sub-6GHz bands.
Furthermore, a purportedly leaked image claims the iPhone 12 Pro variants will pack the same LiDAR scanner sensor seen on this year’s iPad Pro that helps in improving AR apps. The iPhone 12 models will also be powered by the upcoming Apple A14 processor which is reportedly being made on a 5nm TSMC process.
The iPhone 12 Pro models (that's what we're assuming they will be called) will retain the triple-camera design but with a 64MP sensor in the primary camera along with support for all three lenses in Night Mode. Two of the models are expected to come with 6GB RAM while the other two are rumoured to pack 4GB RAM.
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