Coronavirus: iPhone factories in India are closed

Ruben Fields
March 26, 2020

According to a report from Nikkei, Apple may be delaying the launch of its next-generation iPhone. 2020 was to be an important year for Apple's mobile devices, as these models are said to be its first to employ 5G connectivity.

Apple is planning to delay the launch of its anticipated 5G iPhone models by months, according to a new media report.

Apple has reportedly had internal discussions about delaying launch "for months" for fear of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation, and supply chain sources also believe "practical obstacles". The story credits "sources familiar with the matter" with the scoop, and says the possible change is tied to how the coronavirus pandemic has altered global demand and threw a toolbox of wrenches into the product development schedule. JPMorgan analysts in a new note also mentioned that the launch of the 5G iPhone models could be pushed by one or two months. "They need the first ‌5G iPhone‌ to be a success".

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A date for the 5G iPhone launch might not be confirmed until the order, which is in place until April 7 at the least, is lifted.

It is worth remembering that Apple does not have a large market share in India and neighboring countries, with high import tariffs and no chance against cheaper competitors, such as Xiaomi. The company declined to comment.

Bloomberg notes in the extreme the handset could be delayed all the way till 2021. Apple was supposed to work with suppliers on hashing out prototypes for the new phones from early March, but that had to be delayed because the work requires hands-on testing, which is impossible for American Apple employees to perform in China right now.

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