Usually every year the Cupertino, California based company Apple unveils its latest iPhone series in September. From iPhone 5 to iPhone 11 the company has been consistently launching its devices this month, but this time the launch of the iPhone 12 seems to get delayed.
According to a leak, the company is most likely to go for an October launch sometime in mid of the month. While the shipping is expected to begin in the following month, that is November, thanks to the coronavirus the manufacturing and the supply of the devices have been hit by the pandemic.
This time Apple might miss its traditional September launch timeline. According to a YouTuber, Jon Prosser Apple might launch its upcoming iPhone 12 series starting October 12. Typically, the company announced its next generation of iPhone on Tuesdays only so the launch can be expected on October 13 as this day falls on Tuesday only. While the pre-order might begin in the same or the following week. He also touts that the shipping of the iPhone 12 from the week starting October 19. If this leak is believed to be true then the company’s 2020 launch event will be disrupted as the production and the supply of the handsets have been upset.
However, the YouTuber has not revealed the exact reason but he suggests that the shipping of the iPhone 12 Pro is expected to begin in November. He also mentions that the pre-order and availability are not going to begin as soon as November. Also, he did not reveal the precise dates.
Nonetheless, we might see the launch of Apple Watch and a new iPad in September only. The company will not be hosting a separate event for them to release. The company is expected to unveil the devices via press release in the first week starting September 7.
While the iPhone 12 launch event will be held via pre-recorded Livestream video similar to the WWDC keynote. Earlier this year the company did not organise a separate event for the iPhone SE 2020 launch either.
Though there are not enough reasons to prove the delay, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the company has run into some quality issues, which might be a major reason for the postponement. According to him, the supplier has discovered issues with cracking coatings on the wide-angle camera lens destined for the lower-end 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models. This issue occurred during high-temperature/high-humidity (HTHH) testing.
“We estimate that the low-end 7P wide-angle lens, CCM, and final assembly mass production of the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch aluminum frame iPhone will be in mid-to-late August, mid-to-late September, and early October, respectively. We believe that in the uncertain timetable for [Genius] to solve the quality problem of film cracking, Apple will give priority to purchasing Largan’s low-end 1/2.6” 7P wide-angle lens at least in the initial supply stage to ensure that the two aluminum-framed iPhone 12 can be as scheduled.” he explained.
According to the report, the debuts will be broken up into two stages, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another two 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second.
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