This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple announced its third quarter (April-June) 2020 earnings results, and in a subsequent conference call, the company's Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri officially acknowledged that this year's iPhone (the so-called iPhone 12 series) will be released later than usual.
Maestri said, “As you know, the last year we started selling new iPhones in late September. This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later,” on the call.
There have been numerous rumors that the mass production and launch of iPhone 12 will be delayed due to supply chain disruptions and a drop in demand caused by the new coronavirus. And this comes just after Qualcomm, which supplies Apple with a 5G modem, suggested that the "global launch of the 5G flagship smartphone - the iPhone 12 - would be delayed”.
Apple hasn't commented on whether the release of all new iPhones will be delayed or just certain models; the iPhone 12 series comes in three screen sizes, 5.4-inch/6.1-inch/6.7-inch, of which the entry-level models are 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch, and the higher-priced It is theorized that the Pro models are expected to be 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch, for a total of four models.
There have been several times in the past when some of the new iPhone models have been released first and others have gone on sale later. For example, in 2017, the iPhone 8 launched in September and the iPhone X in November, and in 2018, the iPhone XR launched in October, more than a month after the iPhone XS/XS Max.
So which model exactly is likely to be delayed? Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models will enter mass production in September, while only the largest Pro model, the 6.7-inch model, will not start mass production until October.
Last year's iPhone 11 series went on sale on September 20, so if the iPhone 12 series is "delayed by a few weeks," it should be released in early October at the earliest. However, it's not uncommon for Apple to "announce ahead of time and launch a few weeks or months later", so maybe the iPhone launch event (which will likely be online) will be held on September 8, as rumored.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.