Your wait for next Apple iPhone may get longer
Feb. 19, 2020
A report by Nikkey says that Apple “will likely miss its schedule for mass producing a more affordable iPhone”. The report cited a source with direct knowledge of the matter saying that the “suppliers are doing their best to produce and ship the [cheaper] iPhone within four weeks.” Suppliers in the iPhone supply chain are currently operating at an average of around 30-50% of their capacity, said another source.
“The delay can't be too long, otherwise it will affect the sales strategy of Apple's new products in the second half of this year,” the source further added.
It has been known for a long time that Apple is working on an affordable iPhone —iPhone 9 or iPhone SE2 — with A13 Bionic chipset. The phone will resemble Apple iPhone 8 in design. As per rumours, the company may launch the upcoming phone in late March or early April this year.
The Nikkei report, however contradicts a Bloomberg report which said that the production of upcoming phone is on track without any delay. “The model is still on track to launch in March, though the plans are still fluid,” the Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter. The report also says that Apple is planning to introduce the latest iPad Pro with new camera features in the first quarter of 2020. According to Bloomberg, “the virus may yet impose delays or constraints on those plans.”