Apple Suppliers Dispute iPhone 12 Production Delay

Apple Suppliers Dispute iPhone 12 Production Delay

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Apple suppliers are purportedly disputing a recent report that claimed they have been asked to delay volume production of the iPhone 12 by two months.

A paywalled DigiTimes report reads:

Taiwan's PCB makers in the supply chain of 5G iPhones have denied reports claiming they have been asked to postpone volume production by two months in line with a likely launch delay for Apple's new-generation devices amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry sources.

In a separate report, DigiTimes says that suppliers are also working to overcome the travel restrictions which are making it difficult for Apple to supervise manufacturing.

Commenting on whether the supply of its US-based client's 5G smartphones has been disrupted, [Pegatron CEO SJ] Liao noted that the client at the moment is having trouble visiting the factories to make direct supervision of manufacturing and as a result, the supply chain will need to have the new smartphones built without the client's supervision. However, Pegatron will keep communicating with the client to resolve any concerns it has. As for the market rumor that the client's 5G smartphone development has also been seriously delayed because of the pandemic, Liao noted that both the client and supply chain players at the moment are mainly looking to shorten the front-end processing work for the handsets.

Pegatron also notes that the company, likely Apple, is shifting orders to its factories as they have seen limited impacts from the outbreak.

Apple is expected to release four new iPhone models this fall. They should feature 5G support, faster processors, and for some models a LiDAR Scanner.

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[via MacRumors]

Apple Suppliers Dispute iPhone 12 Production Delay