- A report from Taiwanese sources suggests that the Coronavirus outbreak may only impact iPhone 12 production later this year and not the iPhone 9.
- This raises the possibility of Apple pushing the release date of the iPhone 12 later this year.
- The reason for the delay is said to be Apple’s unwillingness to send engineers to China for the Engineering Validation Test or EVT phase of development.
- The iPhone 9 is expected to be announced in March.
As per a new report, the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China may not impact the production of the upcoming iPhone 9, which is the much-rumored successor to the iPhone SE. Taiwanese suppliers for Apple are reportedly prepared to produce iPhone 9 components in the required quantities. Earlier reports have mentioned that the iPhone 9 will be launched in March 2020. However, Digitimes mentions that things may be slightly more complicated for the iPhone 12 which is expected to release in Fall this year.
It is being said that Apple is currently not sending its engineers to China for the Engineering Validation Test or EVT. This means that the production of the iPhone 12 models may have to wait until the coronavirus outbreak has subsided completely. This, in turn, could push the production of the iPhone 12 further, the report says.
There’s not a lot of concrete information on this front, which indicates that things may change at any time. If history is any indication, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 12 by September with a launch scheduled for October or November 2020. If the delay in the EVT process does impact production, we may have to consider a January 2021 release for some iPhone models.
The last thing Apple will want to do is produce a half baked flagship in a highly competitive mobile industry. Samsung yesterday took the wraps off the Galaxy S20 trio along with the foldable Galaxy Z Flip, with the latter expected to be available this Friday in the U.S. and South Korea for $1,380.