The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has held internal
discussions on the possibility of delaying the launch by months,
three people familiar with the matter said, while supply chain
sources say practical hurdles could push back the release,
originally scheduled for September.
“Supply chain constraint aside, Apple is concerned that the
current situation would significantly lower consumer appetite to
upgrade their phones, which could lead to a tame reception of the
first 5G iPhone,” said a source with direct knowledge of the
discussion. “They need the first 5G iPhone to be a hit.” […]
The engineering development of the 5G iPhone has also been
affected by travel curbs introduced in the U.S., China and
elsewhere to combat the coronavirus, two people with knowledge of
Apple’s schedule said. The company was supposed to work with
suppliers to develop a more concrete prototype for the new phones
from early March, but it had to delay such close collaboration,
which requires hands-on testing, until the end of the month,
before postponing it again due to the worsening pandemic in the
U.S., they said.
Of course Apple is discussing this. Nikkei’s report from Asian suppliers is, of course, focused on hardware, but on the software side keep in mind that iOS 14 might be delayed or severely scaled back as well. Apple might have to delay the launch of new iPhones this year, and they might want to delay them. “Always in motion is the future” a wise little fellow once said. Never truer than in the midst of this crisis.