iPhone 12 reportedly still on track for fall launch despite component delays

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Back in November 2019, when the coronavirus wasn't on anyone's radar, Apple was telling suppliers to expect over 100 million orders of its upcoming 5G-capable iPhone 12. That started looking much less realistic earlier this month in the context of a significant slowdown of production and delays in the supply chain for essential components.

Still, both Apple and analysts have maintained that there's no reason to believe that the company will have to delay the launch of any of the products slated for this year. And, sure enough, Apple recently launched an updated version of the Retina MacBook Air with a scissor keyboard, with the MacBook Pro expected to be one of the big highlights of the online-only WWDC in June.

The company also refreshed the iPad Pro with a better camera system and a new Magic Keyboard accessory that makes it look like a strong alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro. And according to a new report from Bloomberg, the release of the iPhone 12 is still on track for this fall.

Mass production of the new 5G phones from Apple is slated to begin in May at the earliest, as Bloomberg says industry insiders are still seeing a slow pace of component shipments for the assembly process. For instance, Apple relies on Broadcom for wireless chips as part of a recent $15 billion deal, but the silicon giant has recently said that it's expecting a significant impact on its business through the second half of this year.

Apple seems optimistic about the situation, especially if you look at its decision to reopen its physical stores in China. CEO Tim Cook also said earlier this month that the lower production rate observed at Foxconn is a "temporary condition."

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QuantumPhysics

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So many people claiming that this should be a wake up call not to rely so heavily on China.

The scariest part is that so many life-essential products like medicine, gloves, masks and other equipment comes from there. If anything, those are the factories that should be brought back here immediately.

I'd say after a year or two go by, nothing will have changed and we'll still be getting our mass shipments from China.

Trump trying to invoke the War Production Powers was laughable. This isn't CHINA where I can simply say: "build a hospital in 10 days".

Totalitarianism gets things done...quickly...but the reason we have the gridlock, an EPA, a CDC and other regulatory systems is so that once you do get some project done, you needn't worry about it collapsing on your heads like the one in FuJian province.
 

p51d007

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So many people claiming that this should be a wake up call not to rely so heavily on China.

The scariest part is that so many life-essential products like medicine, gloves, masks and other equipment comes from there. If anything, those are the factories that should be brought back here immediately.

I'd say after a year or two go by, nothing will have changed and we'll still be getting our mass shipments from China.
Sadly, I agree!
 
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p51d007

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Here's how this plays out in Apple's favor...
"Due to production shortages...there will be LIMITED quantities of the new iPhone".
ie: Get in line for MONTHS so you can be one of the firsts to overpay for the new phone.
 

QuantumPhysics

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That really shouldn't be funny but it still is...

I totally disagree with people against Child Labor.


I've lived in Asia. Believe me: working in those factories is a hell of a lot better than the bleak opportunities for the impoverished. Prostitution and criminality is definitely not as good as working in a factory or service industry.

There are kids and adults worldwide who would praise God if they had the opportunity to work in those factories.

The levels of depravity and poverty around the world are unimaginable. Unmentionable. At least these jobs give them a chance to be something better.

How many stories have we heard of the immigrant who came to America with a $1 in their pocket and worked their way into wealth?