For months there’s been speculation about whether Apple will release its 2020 iPhones on schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. (The Sellers Research Group — that’s me — says it will.)
First, it was expected that the China-based manufacturers wouldn’t be able to make production schedules due to COVID-19. Once it appeared that they would, there was talk that Apple might consider delaying the release of its next gen smartphones due to a potential lack of demand with so many people losing jobs.
Now DigiTimes reports (a subscription is required to read the entire article) says that Apple’s assembly partners reportedly may defer volume production of 5G iPhones by at least one month amid high uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, However, the report says its mmWave AiP modules backend partners, including TSMC and ASE Technology, are still ready for production if/when they get the word.