Broadcom, an Apple supplier, says that a ramp-up of annual chip shipments will be later than usual this year, underscoring rumors that the next iPhone will ship later than the usual late September release date, notes Reuters.
A May report at Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) offered details on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 line-up, which I find believable. The report says there will be four different models: the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 (starting at US$649), the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max (starting at $749), the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro (starting at $999), and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (starting at $1,099).
DSCC says that all models will have a flexible OLED display from Samsung and/or BOE and LG Display. The report also says that the Pro and Pro oMax models will have XDR [extreme dynamic range] screen. XDR performance on its monitors is specified by Apple as 1000 nits of full screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness, 1M:1 contrast, 10-bits of color and ~100% P3 wide color gamut. DSCC says the Pro Max will have a quad camera system (including a LiDAR TOF camera and a 12MP front camera).
DSCC said that panel production will start six weeks later than usual, so launch time for the iPhone 12 will be September or October. I think the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will be available in late September, but the higher-end models won’t ship until mid- to late-October.