Apple confirmed last week that the launch of “PiPhone 12” will be delayed this year due to the ongoing global health crisis and travel restrictions. Apple started selling iPhones at the end of September last year, but this year the range of Apple projects will “be available a few weeks later,” which suggests a release in October.
For 2020, we expect a total of four OLED iPhones in the sizes 5.4, 6.1 and 6.7 inches. It is not clear whether all “iPhone” models in the upcoming product line will be available later than usual or whether some models will come out first with additional models, but a new one DigiTimes Today’s report cites supply chain sources suggesting that Apple could take a gradual approach.
Apple can launch its 5G iPhones in two steps, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and two additional 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch devices in the second, the sources say. Suppliers of SLP motherboards (substrate-like printed circuit boards) for the former models have recently started shipping, the latter are scheduled to start at the end of August.
Deliveries of flexible boards for new iPhones will peak this year about 2 to 4 weeks later than usual.
Several rumors previously said that the new “iPhone” will not be released on time due to development and production delays and reports of delays from Apple suppliers such as Broadcom and Qualcomm. However, this is the first time we have heard of the supply chain from a possible gradual start.
Rumor has it that the 6.7-inch “iPhone” model and a 6.1-inch model are high-end devices with three-lens cameras, while the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models are Models are low-end iPhones with dual lens cameras and a cheaper price.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all iPhones expected for 2020 will use 5G technology. Kuo also believes Apple’s iPhone 12 models may not have wired EarPods to drive demand for the company’s AirPods and reduce costs.
Due to the later gradual introduction of the new iPhones, Taiwan’s circuit board manufacturers in the supply chain will only reach their peak in the fourth quarter of this year. However, manufacturers are not concerned about the delays in volume shipments to Apple. according to DigiTimes.