Final assembly of the iPhone 12 delayed to early October, claims Nikkei

Ruben Fields
July 5, 2020

Now, in a new tweet, Young is sharing that his sources have yet to confirm any of the speculation about the iPhone 12 - specifically, the‌ rumoured Pro models - packing 120Hz displays. A new report says that the iPhone 12 is 1 to 2 months behind schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.

We have received several reports claiming that Apple's iPhone 12 mass production will face delays. But as the months went on, the reporting became less apocalyptic, and last week, Wedbush analysts Daniel Ives and Strecker Backe said that Apple was "back in the driver's seat" to avoid an iPhone 12 delay this fall.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, some members of Apple's hardware development team returned to Apple Park in June in order to keep as close to the schedule as possible.

In any case, we'd take all of this with a pinch of salt, especially as there has been lots of disagreement over whether the iPhone 12 range would be delayed and how long by. This is because there are still many test still going on and, surprisingly, final designs "have not yet been locked down".

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Regardless of the iPhone 12 launch date, the economic impact of COVID-19 on potential consumer spending remains. Both the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro would have a 6.1-inch display, while the regular iPhone 12 will feature a 5.4-inch panel and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be 6.7 inches.

But while it felt like the improved refresh rate was all but confirmed, Ross Young - CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants and the source of many smartphone screen-related leaks - suggests that there won't be a 120Hz-enabled iPhone in 2020.

If Nikkei's source is right, the delay will affect the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch "Pro" models rather than the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch affordable options.

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