Apple Considering Delaying iPhone 12 Launch 'by Months'


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is preparing to delay the launch of the 2020 iPhones expected to be equipped with 5G technology, according to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans that spoke to Japanese news site Nikkei.

Apple has reportedly held internal discussions about the possibility of delaying the launch "by months" over fears of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation, and supply chain sources also believe that "practical hurdles" could push back the launch date, which was scheduled for September.
"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," said a source with direct knowledge of the discussion. "They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit."
Apple is monitoring the outbreaks in the United States and Europe and assessing whether a delay might be necessary. A final decision could be made around May at the latest, with Apple perhaps waiting to finalize the timetable for the launch until the work from home order for its employees is lifted.

Apple this week told employees that it planned to extend the worldwide work from home order until April 8, with stores to begin opening once again in mid-April on a staggered basis. MacRumors heard from a source this morning that stores in the United States will not be among the first opened.

Nikkei says that the engineering development of the 2020 iPhone lineup has been affected by travel restrictions to the United States, China, and elsewhere. Apple was meant to work with suppliers to develop a "more concrete prototype" for the new iPhones in early March, but had to delay the collaboration until the end of the month before postponing it again. Suppliers believe that given where Apple is in the engineering process, the possibility of a delay "is looming."

Some suppliers have, however, been told to defer their mass production schedules for about two to three months.
"We have been notified to start shipping in big volumes to meet Apple's new product launch by the end of August, instead of like in previous years, when it would be sometime in June," said a supplier of components related to printed circuit boards. "The change was made very recently, and that could imply that the mass production of the phone could also be delayed for months."
At this time, suppliers have not been notified of a possible change in the production timeline and Apple is urging many of them to make up for time lost due to recent disruptions. "We are not giving up yet," said one of the sources that spoke to Nikkei. "We are doing whatever we can to sort the issue out."

Apple's discussions are said to be in the early stage, and the fall launch is not "completely off the table" yet. In a worse case scenario, though, the 5G iPhone could be postponed until 2021.

A recent report from Bloomberg suggested that the iPhone 12 models are still on course for a fall launch despite disruptions to Apple's supply chain, and Foxconn this week said that it now has enough workers to meet "seasonal demand."

Rumors have indicated that Apple is working on four new iPhone models for 2020, which will be available at various price points. All models are expected to have 5G capabilities and A14 chips, and higher-end models are expected to be equipped with new 3D camera systems like the LiDAR Scanner in new iPad Pro models.

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macrumors 65816
Jun 23, 2007
I wonder how this will disrupt the 2021 iPhone release schedule. Will they release a revision in less than 12 months to get back on schedule?
If they have to decide in May whether or not to pull the trigger on the iPhone 12, they could launch a storage doubled iPhone 11 range in June - coinciding with WWDC - and give themselves up to a year to launch the shiny all singing 12.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 7, 2007
If Apple actually does decide to postpone the September launch, that signals that new phones will be the least of our problems.

To be honest though, I think it's too early to tell. Let's just hope we get this Covid-19 under control, that's really all that matters at this stage.


macrumors 65816
Feb 2, 2010
London, UK
I wonder how this will disrupt the 2021 iPhone release schedule. Will they release a revision in less than 12 months to get back on schedule?
I wonder that too. If the situation persists at this severity (lockdowns etc) for long enough that ‘months’ becomes 6 months or more then simply skipping what was intended to be the 2020 generation of iPhones and releasing the 2021 generation in 2021 at the usual September event timescale might make sense. It is said that Apple have multiple generations in different stages of development at any given time so at least some Apple development teams will be working on the 2021 design even now. I would love to be wrong but I fear that some level of travel restrictions and social distancing will be in place for much of this year so I really can see some chance of that happening.


macrumors regular
Jun 17, 2014
If this does happen then this is proof that the A9 iPhones will get iOS 14 since people won’t spend more on new iPhones because of weak consumer demand because of the situation and people will hold back on older iPhones as a result of weak consumer demand
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macrumors 6502
Dec 29, 2017
Delaware County, Pa
I just switched and upgraded from Sprint and moved to Verizon and got two 11 Pro Max’s that was buy one get one $700 off along with 2x $150 gift cards

I won’t be upgrading anytime soon.... to be honest... I think I prefer the upgrading in March/April..... killer deals and I’m getting too old to be first on release day... too much money to justify unless it’s some really bombshell tech
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