Apple's 2020 iPhone Launch Could Be Delayed

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2020

And analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a very solid track on Apple scoops, explains that there's a good chance this would happen, only that the Cupertino-based tech giant would embrace a different approach for this new iPhone generation.

The iPhone 12 is one of the most awaited phones of the year.

Despite the company being able to launch a new MacBook Air, iPad Pro and the iPhone SE while the world is in lockdown, the company's biggest product, the flagship iPhone, could miss its usual September launch window. He had originally predicted this model would launch during the first half of 2021 but now believes Apple's timeline has changed.

"Apple is planning to release four iPhone 12 models this year - a follow up to the iPhone 11, a new compact 5.4" iPhone 12, a regular iPhone 12 with a 5.8" screen, and a larger iPhone 12 Max with a 6.7" screen. "There is no word on the 5.8" iPhone 12. Kuo predicts a staggered mass production schedule for the devices this fall.

One particular challenge appears to be the brand-new 6.7-inch iPhone coming later this year, the analyst says, as Apple has encountered some issues with what is being described as the device's "most complicated" design. According to Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple had recently made changes to the antenna design of its 5G iPhones, causing the testing and qualification process for the new phones to be delayed.

Both the 6.1- and the 5.4-inch 2020 iPhones are projected to enter the mass production in September, which means they could be ready later the same month the earliest. If the pandemic can't be controlled well until July, then we think that the shipment allocation of mmWave iPhones will decrease to 5-10% from 15-20%.

Kuo also reports that mmWave supported iPhones will also face a slight delay.

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