Industry publication DigiTimes says Taiwanese suppliers are gearing up for production of Apple’s much-rumored but still unannounced lower-cost “iPhone SE 2.”
While production of that device sounds as if it is on-track, the report also indicates Apple has stopped sending engineers to China to assist with the Engineering Validation Test or EVT stage of iPhone 12 development. Apple has restricted travel to China to “business critical” reasons only, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Due to the travel restrictions, DigitTimes believes the iPhone 12 lineup is unlikely to enter production in June, or so they’ve been told by “unnamed industry sources.” Everything depends on how the Coronavirus outbreak proceeds. Even if production is delayed, Apple will still unveil the iPhone 12 in September, as is traditional. Supplies of the new device could be tight at first.