What you need to know
- Apple may delay the 5G iPhone til 2021.
- The report cites supply chain restraints and sales viability.
- Partners are working hard, however, to ensure the phone hits its target date.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused countless issues on Apple's supply chain, and although Foxconn is reporting that it is getting employees back to work and factories back to normal production levels, the release date of the iPhone 12 remains in question.
In a new report by the Nikkei Asian Review, sources familiar with Apple's supply chain say that the company is beginning to weigh whether or not to delay the 5G iPhone for a number of months. One source says that the discussions are still not finalized, but the phone could be delayed to 2021.
One of Apple's suppliers says that, while the company has historically had them begin to ship certain components by June, they are now being told to begin in August, marking a further possibility of a delay.
Supply chain issues aside, Apple is reportedly debating whether or not to delay the phone for concern around sales given the current environment.
There is, however, still hope for the phone to make it out for its normal September release. One source told the Review that "we are not giving it up yet. We are doing whatever we can to sort the issue out", while another explained ""Apple will make a final decision around May at the latest, given the fluid situation globally".
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.