Apple already confirmed the iPhone 12 range is delayed. But now there’s a twist.
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MORE FROM FORBESNew iPhone 12 Pro Max Renders Give Best Look Yet At Apple’s New iPhoneBy Gordon KellyFollowing comments from Apple CFO Luca Maestri that the new iPhones will ship a few weeks later, Digitimes says the launch will actually be split in two with potential buyers of the new 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max needing to wait longer. This confirms a tip-off acclaimed Apple insider Jon Prosser gave me last week that the launch would be staggered.
Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages, explains Digitimes. 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.
The 6.1-inch models in question will be the iPhone 12 Max (the successor to iPhone 11) and the iPhone 12 Pro. The former is renamed due to a new 5.4-inch model taking its place as the entry-level model, while the latter is jumping up from 5.8-inches, though without a significant size increase thanks to smaller bezels.
Apple iPhone 12 range renders based on multiple leaks
So how much later can we expect the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 models to arrive? DigiTimes source says Shipments of flexible boards for new iPhones will peak some 2-4 weeks later than usual this year which suggests a potential delay of up to a month. Im pegging the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro to go on sale either October 2 or 9, so a four week delay could push the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max into early November.
Apple has been here once before. In 2018, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launched in September while the iPhone X was delayed until November. But this would be the first time two new iPhones have been delayed. That said, despite recent concerns about their pricing and battery life, the introduction of all-new designs, big performance upgrades and inventive camera tech alongside 5G suggests they will still sell in vast numbers.
Moreover, you now have a little more time to save up and you may need it.
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