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Launch of iPhone 12 could be delayed by a month due to Covid-19 outbreak

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Mar 2020, 12:00am

Launch of iPhone 12 could be delayed by a month due to Covid-19 outbreak

Apple usually launches new iPhone models in September every year.

Bank of America has released a report detailing possible delays in the launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 9. 

Analysts from the Bank of America expect the launch of iPhone 12 to be delayed by a month as the Covid-19 outbreak continues to cause disruptions in Apple's supply chain. The iPhone 12 is reportedly stuck in Engineering Validation Test stage where it must pass through Design Validation Test and Production Validation Test stages before mass production can start. The launch of the iPhone 9 is also expected to be delayed.

DigiTimes reported a few days ago that component orders for the iPhone 9 are delayed from the first quarter to the second. The publication suggests that the iPhone 9 could still launch this month with limited stocks. Bloomberg claimed in February that the iPhone 9 is still on track to launch this month, but cautioned that plans could change due to the Covid-19 situation.

Although Foxconn is expected to resume normal operations by the end of the month, weeks of disruption within Apple's supply chain have caused worldwide iPhone supply to be temporarily constrained. Apple is reportedly facing a shortage of components and replacement iPhones. In addition, iPhone 11 supply in the U.S is also running low at retailers and telcos.

Source: 9to5Mac