Apple’s first 5G iPhone may get delayed in 2020
In the past weeks, we have been reading about the possibility of no delay in Apple iPhone 12 series launch.
The report reveals that the Cupertino-based tech giant held an internal discussion where it was contemplated if the launch could be delayed by months.
The report quotes three people familiar with the matter, one of whom said, “Supply chain constraint aside, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to upgrade their phones, which could lead to a tame reception of the first 5G iPhone. They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit.”
One source also said that the exact timeline for the 5G iPhone launch may not be clear till the time “shelter in place” order that is imposed in California isn’t lifted.
“Apple will make a final decision around May at the latest, given the fluid situation globally,” another person told Nikkei.
Despite such comments from people familiar with the matter, there is no official communication to the suppliers about any change in the production timeline. We are not giving it up yet. We are doing whatever we can to sort the issue out.
The discussion is still at an early stage, and the fall launch is not completely off the table. But the 5G iPhone could be postponed to 2021 in the worst-case scenario.”
“If any big tech company like Apple delay its plan for important new products … the issue could be even bigger than whether the supply chain could meet its schedule. It implies that they really see end demand weakening and the whole economy not recovering soon,” Joey Yen, an analyst with research company IDC, told Nikkei.
“As of now we are still hoping everything can gradually recover to normal by the end of this year but for now the scenario is moving toward the pessimistic side, that the global economy could be significantly impacted.”