A new report from Cowen investment bank has revealed that the iPhone 12 series could be announced in November 2020. Instead of Apple's usual September unveiling, the noted two-month delay is caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, it was hinted that the Cupertino, California-based company was slated to announce the new iPhone lineup with just a one-month delay.
The bank also laid out some stark predictions on Apple's production figures. Accordingly, a combined 35-million-unit production output in Q2 2020 is likely, which is 13% lower than its 2019 performance during the same period. This is also a noted decrease when compared to the company's Q1 2020 numbers.
Cowen also revealed that Apple's production supply chain has generally returned to regular output rates. However, the analyst behind the report noted that its downstream demand is still thriving with uncertainty. Ultimately, the firm predicts that the company's iPhone shipments in the second quarter could reach 30 million.
As to why Apple is delaying the iPhone 12 series launch, reliable Apple insider Jon Prosser surmised that it might have something to do with more people flocking in to attend the said event if the announcement date is moved to the fourth quarter of 2020.
The late announcement of the iPhone 12 lineup could also mean that Apple will have more time to reopen its stores in numerous markets, which have been placed on halt due to lockdown. Currently, Apple has so far reopened 256 out of its over 500 retail stores in the world.
iPhone 12 Rumored Features and Pricing
Regardless of the actual launch date, we are now almost sure that the series could introduce four new models, all of which will be equipped with support for 5G connectivity. All phones are also expected to arrive with OLED panels, and smaller notches.
In terms of size, the screen diagonals of the iPhone 12 series should range between 5.4 and 6.7-inches, with two 6.1-inch variants slotting in the middle of the pack. The new iPhones should also launch with a square-like design, which is tipped to be a homage to the newer iPad Pros.
The iPhone 12 series is also expected to be powered by Apple's A14 Bionic chip based on TSMC's 5nm process. Meanwhile, the RAM offerings on the "entry-level" iPhone 12 iterations could start at 4GB, while the more premium ones may receive 6GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage.
Pricings of the iPhone 12 models are also tipped to change, with a starting price of USD 649 (around PHP 32,800), with its most premium featuring a USD 1,099 (around PHP 55,200) price tag.