This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Amidst all the rumors flying around about this year's flagship iPhone 12 (tentative) series, it was reported that some models will go on sale in late October and some in November, according to a supply chain source.
The source of the rumor is the Mac Treasure Tracing Club Blog, which has a reputation for credibility and speed of information overseas. In previous years, new iPhones have been released/announced in September, but the 2020 model will be announced in late October due to COVID-19, with the LTE model going on sale in October and the 5G model going on sale in November, according to information from several suppliers in China.
Rumors of a delay in mass production of the iPhone 12 series due to the new corona had been reported by multiple sources, with the Wall Street Journal stating in April that there was a delay of about a month due to weakening consumer demand and disruptions in the supply chain, and the Nikkei also said that the final assembly of some models would be delayed until early October (but the worst-case scenario of delaying until 2021 was probably avoided).
There have been several precedents for flagship iPhones having their release dates staggered by model due to production conflicts: the 2017 iPhone X was announced in September and released in October, while the 2018 iPhone XR was set to release in October, more than a month after the other two models.
However, all iPhone 12 models have been theorized to be 5G-capable, so the theory that there will be an LTE model is unusual. But, the supply chain may not be fully aware of all the components, and it is possible that "only the release date is accurate", since each company is responsible for different parts.
The predictions for the iPhone 2020 model year are mostly based on four models: two entry-level models with screen sizes of 5.4 and 6.1 inches, and two more expensive Pro models with 6.1 and 6.7 inches. Some analysts said that the new inexpensive iPhone SE, while selling well, would not "cannibalize" the iPhone 12, but it will be interesting to see what kind of ripple effect the first 5G-enabled iPhone will have on the market.
Source: Mac Treasure Tracing Club Blog
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