- A new report suggest that Apple may be considering pushing the launch of the 2020 iPhone by a few months.
- The travel restrictions imposed by countries is reportedly going to be a factor in the delay.
- The 2020 iPhone will be the first from the company to come with support 5G connectivity.
As per a report by a Japanese financial publication, Apple may be considering pushing the release of the 2020 iPhone “by months” as the company copes with the loss of its workforce in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Apple has ordered all its employees to work from home, which was a first good step. But the company is now coming to grips with the very real possibility of having to postpone the release of its first 5G compatible iPhone.
It is said that Apple is currently considering how well the iPhones would sell in the current environment while also factoring in “practical hurdles” as well as any issues that may arise within the supply chain.
Whatever the case, Apple is expected to take a final call on this by May, the report adds. It is said that some of Apple’s suppliers have been asked to postpone the mass-production of components by up to 3 months, which is surely an indicator of things to come. However, a source cited by Nikkei said “We are doing whatever we can to sort the issue out” which offers some hope.
The report adds that Apple’s engineers have been held-back significantly due to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States, China, and a handful of other countries. Meanwhile, Apple has ordered all its employees globally to work from home until April 8. The currently shut down Apple retail stores are expected to open gradually in the middle of April across the world, although MacRumors cites a source claiming that stores in the U.S. will not be among the first to open.
It was recently reported that Apple has donated 10 million N95 respirator masks to healthcare facilities across the U.S. to combat coronavirus. The company has also raised funds from its employees to donate towards fighting the disease with Apple matching employee donations two-to-one.