Supplier worries might mean a delay to the iPhone 12 launch

Joanna Estrada
April 1, 2020

Apple will be able to manufacture more iPhones now that its factories in China have reopened, but the company is now concerned about whether there will be sufficient demand for these items, according to a report by Reuters.

Reuters has received some information from one of Apple's suppliers and production at this supplier is expected to drop around 18% for the quarter that ends this month. However, suppliers are still anxious about how much demand there will be for both the current and the new iPhone models expected in fall 2020. A recent Reuters report said Apple has postponed the production ramp-up for the new 5G phones, but also said that it's "possible" these phones might launch in the fall.

This comes just weeks after concerns that Apple stores would have a shortage of replacement parts due to the effects of the global pandemic of coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, on the supply chain. "The focus now is the demand from consumers in the US and Europe". Apple factories across China were closed when the Coronavirus was rampant and it might have affected the production of iPhone 9 along with other upcoming products.

One minute the iPhone 12 is on schedule for a September launch, the next minute it's likely to be delayed.

Another Apple device hangs in the balance these days. "They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit". In a survey of more than 2,600 US adults by Civis Analytics conducted March 18-20, more than half of respondents said they planned to spend about the same on consumer electronics as before the virus outbreak if the situation is contained in the coming weeks.

"We were given a forecast for this quarter before the pandemic, about a month ago", a person familiar with the situation at the sensor supplier said last week.

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