Because of spread of CoronavirusApple made the decision to close all its sales outlets to the world except China. Stores in China have reopened since last week, with the right precautions. Although Apple has reopened its stores in Middle-earth, many of its operations in the supply chain are not yet fully operational. Despite this situation, a new Bloomberg report claims that theiPhone 12 5G yet confirmed for this fall.
Citing anonymous sources, the report explains that, for now, the next flagship iPhones are “still in autumn launch schedule".
iPhone 12 5G: between confirmations and delays
This week Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro and a new MacBook Air, but the production of these devices probably began in early January, before the severe blockades in China for Covid-19. What, however, does not seem to have happened for the new magic keyboard for iPad Pro which will arrive in May due to production delays.
Even if theiPhone 12 5G appears to be in line with the times, a source told Bloomberg that Apple's supply chain is still not working at a normal pace due to a slowdown in shipments of components. A person working in Apple's supply chain said that not all operations are taking place at a normal pace because thearrival of the components still to be assembled enough slow. It will take another month or more for the rhythms to return to normal. Apple's assembly factories in China, operated primarily by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., worked at a slower pace for most of February. The manufacturing giant Foxconn he hopes to start operating normally by the end of March.
In addition, the main ones Apple vendors in Malaysia stopped production due to a two-week freeze due to COVID-19. Apple vendors and teams in other countries, including South Korea, Italy and Germany, were also affected.
In the United States, Apple relies on Broadcom for wireless chips, but Broadcom CEO Hock Tan has previously stated that COVID-19 "will have an impact on our semiconductor business, particularly in the second half of the fiscal year".
But, apparently, these problems have not yet affected the launch of the iPhone 12 5G in autumn. Indiscretions report that during the closure of the Chinese factory in February, Apple was still able to build the trial versions of the new iPhone 12 models.
According to internal sources, every year Apple finalizes the main details of the devices that will be released in the autumn towards the end of the previous year. According to this scheme, therefore, the Cupertino house has finalized the design and most of the functionality of new iPhones between November and December of last year. The series production of the external parts seems to start around April, while the Test and Pack will be held in about May.