by Tim Hardwick
Apple last week confirmed that its “iPhone 12″ launch will be delayed this year due to the ongoing global health crisis and restrictions on travel. Apple last year started selling iPhones in late September, but this year, Apple projects supply will be “available a few weeks later,” suggesting a release sometime in October.
We’re expecting a total of four OLED iPhones in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes in 2020. It’s not clear if all iPhone models in the upcoming lineup will be available later than usual, or if some models will come out first followed by additional models, but a new DigiTimes report today cites supply chain sources suggesting Apple could adopt a phased launch 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.
Multiple rumors previously indicated the new iPhone won’t launch on time due to development and production delays, as well as reports on delays from Apple suppliers like Broadcom and Qualcomm, but this is the first time we’ve heard word from the supply chain of a possible phased launch.
Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag.
All of the iPhones expected in 2020 will use 5G technology, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo also thinks Apple’s iPhone 12 models may not come with wired EarPods in the box to drive demand for the company’s AirPods and cut down on costs.
As a result of the later phased launch of the new iPhones, Taiwan’s PCB makers in the supply chain won’t see their shipments peak until the fourth quarter this year, however the makers aren’t worried by the delays in volume shipments to Apple, according to DigiTimes.
Thursday July 30, 2020 2:34 pm PDT by Juli Clover
During today’s earnings call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2020 (second calendar quarter) Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that Apple is expecting to release this year’s iPhones later than usual.
Maestri said that Apple last year started selling iPhones in late September, but this year, Apple projects supply will be “available a few weeks later.”
Multiple rumors have suggested that …
Saturday August 1, 2020 3:43 pm PDT by Frank McShan
Apple in March purchased weather app Dark Sky, and at that time, Dark Sky’s developers said that the app’s Android version would be discontinued on July 1, 2020. However, instead of shuttering the app on that date, the app’s developers announced that the discontinuation would be delayed for another month.
Now that it’s August, Android users are no longer able to access the app, and…
The Apple Watch Series 6 will add blood oxygen monitoring to its features list when it’s launched later this year, according to a new report from DigiTimes.
Apple Watch 6 will feature biosensors that can monitor sleeping conditions, detect blood oxygen and measure pulse rates, heartbeats and atrial fibrillation, and will also incorporate MEMS-based accelerometer and gyroscope, all allowing the …
As rumors of the iPhone 12 have continued to build over the past few months, the one model that has the most excitement around it is the smallest 5.4″ model. The iPhone 12 is believed to be coming in 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes.
Dummy models have shown how much smaller the 5.4″ is compared to the rest of the iPhone lineup. The upcoming 5.4″ iPhone falls in-between the size of the original…
Internal Apple emails, made public by the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust inquiry, have revealed information about why Apple blocked in-app purchases of Kindle books on iOS devices, reports The Verge.
Two sets of emails between Steve Jobs, Phil Schiller, Eddy Cue, and various other senior Apple executives, disclose the exact thinking behind how Apple approached Kindle on iOS. The…
A battery likely for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 has been filed at the Korea Testing and Research Institute and discovered by a Twitter user @yabhishekhd.
Certification for a 1.17Wh battery with a capacity of 303.8mAh was issued on June 23 by the KTR, a Korean regulatory body that approves and tests new hardware ahead of public sale.
The battery seems to be destined for a future…
Apple today marked the return of NHL hockey with a new “Shot on iPhone” ad on its YouTube channel in Canada.
Titled “Hockey Tape,” the 30-second video features Vegas Golden Knights players Marc-André Fleury and Mark Stone having some on-ice fun with the iPhone 11 Pro, which they attach to the boards, a hockey stick, and a skate with hockey tape. “See the game like never before with Ultra …
Apple has introduced a new single gift card in the U.S. for all things Apple. First spotted by iCulture, the card can be used at the App Store and other online services, but you can also use it to buy products and accessories in the Apple Store. Previously, there were two separate Apple gift cards available: iTunes cards, which can be used for App Store, iTunes Store, and iCloud storage…
Wednesday July 29, 2020 4:15 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Leaker Jon Prosser, who has a somewhat mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s plans, today said that new iPhone 12 models and new iPads will launch in October.
Multiple rumors have suggested that some or all of the iPhone 12 models coming this year will see a later than normal launch. Apple typically unveils and releases new iPhones in the month of September, but problems…