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.
The rebuff follows a report earlier this week from Japanese news site Nikkei that claimed Apple was preparing to delay the launch of its 2020 iPhone lineup “by a few months” over over fears of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation.
That report suggested supply chain sources also foresaw “practical hurdles” that could push back the launch date, which was scheduled for September.
According to Nikkei, Apple is monitoring the viral outbreaks on both sides of the Atlantic, and assessing whether a delay might be preferable.
A recent report from Bloomberg suggested that the iPhone 12 models are still on course for a fall launch despite disruptions to Apple’s supply chain, and Foxconn this week said that it now has enough workers to meet “seasonal demand.”
Rumors point to four new iPhone models for 2020, which will be available at various price points. All models are expected to have 5G capabilities and A14 chips, and higher-end models are expected to be equipped with new 3D camera systems like the LiDAR Scanner in new iPad Pro models.