Apple was expected to announce their new generation of iPhones, the 5G-capable iPhone 12 series, this fall, but new reports indicate they will be delaying production. Several analysts point to the coronavirus and the production involved with adding 5G connectivity as the cause for the delay. The latest report indicates that production is pushed back by about a month. The announcement may still occur in September as expected, but the phones may not be available to purchase right away.
The production of the 5G-capable iPhones seems to be the biggest issue causing the delay. As far back as January there were reports that Apple’s decision to create its own antenna package modules would delay its fastest 5G iPhone to December 2020 or January 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic is also impacting Apple, with reports about consumer demand and workforce issues being to blame.