Apple last week confirmed that its iPhone 12 launch will be delayed this year. The company indicated the new handsets will be “available a few weeks later,” which suggests an October release for the devices.
Apple is widely expected to release a total of four OLED iPhones, in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes in 2020. Apple didn’t specify if all of the new models would hit shelves in October or if their debuts will be phased. A new DigiTimes report today citing supply chain sources indicates that Apple could adopt a phased staggered approach.
Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another two 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second, the sources said, adding that suppliers of SLP (substrate-like PCB) mainboards for the former models have recently kicked off shipments, with those for the latter to start in late August.
Shipments of flexible boards for new iPhones will peak some 2-4 weeks later than usual this year, the sources said.
The 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model are expected to be higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models are expected to be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens shooters and a cheaper price tag.
All of the 2020 iPhones are expected to use 5G technology, says Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also believes Apple’s iPhone 12 models may not include wired EarPods or a charger in the box.