As the world is already in the full-blown panic over the coronavirus disease – COVID-19, many tech events have been cancelled or postponed. With numerous travel restrictions and risks, many companies are asking employees to work from home instead of offices. This epidemic has also been impacting severely on the tech industry in 2020.
Apple’s iPhones are usually announced in the mid-September. Since the COVID-19 epidemic has severe impact on iPhone’s supply chain the production of iPhone 12 is on hold. Back in February, Apple has stopped sending iPhone engineers to China which has stalled the prototype testing for iPhone 12.
Although the mass production of iPhone 12 is not expected to start until July, the phone is still stuck in Engineering Validation Test phase. Hence, the September release is looking highly unlikely and the same will be delayed by at least a month. We expect it to be pushed back to October/November. Perhaps, we still expect that iPhone 9/SE 2 and the new lineup of iPad Pros to be announced in March and release dates in April with limited supply.