Apple’s ‘iPhone 12’ Launch May Be Delayed Hints Supplier: Report

2020 iPhone lineup with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro concept by EverythingApplePro

Apple supplier Broadcom might have spilled the beans on this year’s ‘iPhone 12’ launch timing, according to Bloomberg:

Hock Tan, chief executive officer of Broadcom, discussed a “major product cycle delay” at a “large North American mobile phone” customer, during an earnings conference call with analysts on Thursday.

Hock said due to this delay, the company’s uptick in wireless revenue will take place one quarter later in the company’s fourth fiscal quarter, while also noting its third quarter will see revenues down accordingly.

He also said Broadcom parts will be in the iPhone, adding, “we are in”, saying it was only a matter of timing.

“Because of product cycle delays the trough for our fiscal year will be Q3. This coming quarter,” said Broadcom’s CEO. “Nothing has changed in terms of designs, nothing has changed in terms of the content,” he added.

Broadcom would usually receive orders in its current quarter through July, if Apple’s regular iPhone timeline was on track, but that hasn’t happened.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the regular iPhone timeline as Apple engineers normally would be flying to China to finalize prototypes. Meanwhile, Apple employees are also working from home instead of the company’s Cupertino headquarters, slowing the pace of iPhone development.

Back in March, sources told the Nikkei Asian Review this year’s iPhones could be delayed by months, due to the coronavirus pandemic.