Apple Could Postpone Launch of its 5G iPhone 12 “by Months” Due to Fears of Low Sales and Supply Chain Constraints During the Corona Virus Pandemic
- Sources told the news site Nikkei that Apple is in talks to delay the launch of the iPhone 12
- The US-based company is concerned that the corona virus pandemic will see the phone flopping
- Supply chain hurdles and a lack of appetite are the two main concerns for Apple
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Apple reportedly plans to delay the launch of the upcoming 5G-compatible iPhone by several months as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.
According to sources close to the case, the flagship iPhone 12 will be delayed because Apple is concerned that customers will not be interested in the device during the global emergency.
The planned September launch date is now likely to be missed due to ‘practical hurdles’ related to the supply chain, Japanese news site Nikkei reports.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 22,000 people worldwide and the number of confirmed cases is close to half a million.
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According to sources close to the case, the upcoming iPhone 12 will be delayed because Apple believes that customers will be relatively disinterested in the device amid the global emergency (file photo)
The outlet reportedly spoke to sources close to the case within Apple, who claim internal discussions have been held about possible postponement.
Aside from supply chain constraints, Apple is concerned that the current situation would significantly reduce the appetite of consumers to upgrade their phones, which could lead to tame reception of the first 5G iPhone, a source told Nikkei .
“They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit.”
However, it is that Apple will make an official decision by May that will be informed by the most up-to-date analysis and forecasts available.
“We’re not giving up yet. We are doing what we can to solve the problem, ”a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Nikkei.
Apple has been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19, which closes factories and stores to prevent the spread of contamination.
MailOnline contacted Apple for comment.
Chinese factories were forced to close several weeks after COVID-19 spread from the original Wuhan epicenter in Hubei Province
Apple reportedly plans to delay the launch of its upcoming flagship 5G-compatible iPhone by several months as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic
It has already been reported that the upcoming cheap iPhone, which may be called the SE2, will also be delayed for several weeks.
Chinese factories were forced to close after COVID-19 spread from Wuhan’s original ground-zero site in Hubei Province.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told analysts in January that the company’s supply chain was hit by the outbreak.
Mr Cook said the company was looking for ways to minimize supply disruptions, despite the fact that some suppliers were in Hubei.
Most Apple iPhones and other devices are made in China, and the ripple effect on production is likely to be significant.
However, Europe and the US are now plagued by the virus, and with millions of customers in these areas, a new phone is unlikely to be a priority for many.
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G-system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone with which analog data could be sent via telephone calls.
Digital entered the game in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities launched.
Since then, the possibilities and capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.
More data can be transferred from one point to another faster than ever over the cellular network.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
While the jump from 3G to 4G has been most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the move to 5G will be so fast that they will become almost real-time.
That means that mobile operations will be as fast as internet connections in the office.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of multiple languages in a group conference
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that the end of wired connections may begin.
According to industry estimates, 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G by the end of 2020.
The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1,000 times faster than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in future laptops