This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple officially admitted last week that the release of this year's flagship iPhone 12(tentative) series will be delayed. A release as early as early October has been suggested, which will be "a few weeks later" than the usual late September.
In the midst of all this, supply chain reports suggest that the iPhone 12 multiple models will be released in two stages, first with two models with a 6.1-inch screen size, then a 5.4-inch and a 6.7-inch model.
Combining multiple analysts and various media reports, the iPhone 12 will be available in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models, all with OLED displays and 5G support. The theory is that the entry-level models with two rear cameras are configured as 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models, while the more expensive Pro models with triple cameras are 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models.
Now the source of this information is DigiTimes, a local media outlet that is well versed in Taiwan's electronics industry. There have been rumors of development delays within Apple and statements from major suppliers such as Broadcom (which supplies Wi-Fi and other chips for the iPhone) and Qualcomm (which supplies modem chips) suggesting a delay in the launch. But this is the first time that supply chain sources have delivered information about a "phased launch".
DigiTimes' sources also said that SLP (substrate-like PCB) mainboards for the two 6.1-inch models that are to be released first will begin shipping recently, the latter in late August, and that shipments of flexible boards for the new iPhones will peak some 2-4 weeks later than usual this year. This confirms what Apple officially calls "a few weeks later".
There were concerns that the new coronavirus disaster would push the release of some models in the iPhone 12 series to 2021 due to supply chain disruptions and development delays caused by home working, but it looks like it will be avoided somehow. Last year's iPhone 11 series was modest in terms of new additions, but this year the new models are expected to have 5G support and advanced AR capabilities, so we're expecting a lot more.
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