Apple’s low-cost iPhone, which has been heavily rumoured to be revealed and launched as soon as this month, may face a delay as critical component orders may not be fulfilled until the second quarter.
As reported by DigiTimes, the entry-level iPhone has apparently entered verification at Foxconn and Pegatron. However, the Taiwanese publication also ran a report that indicated core components required to manufacture the device tentatively names the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2 have been delayed until the second quarter.
In the report, DigiTimes claims: “Taiwan-based flexible PCB makers in the supply chain of Apple devices will see their shipments for the upcoming entry-level iPhone SE 2 deferred from the first quarter to the second, and their second-quarter revenues may buck seasonal trends because of the deferral, according to industry sources.”
News of the component shortage should not come as a huge surprise. The outbreak of coronavirus has caused numerous setbacks including the temporary closures of factories in China. The impacts the virus had on the production of the new low-cost iPhone may indeed push it from its rumoured March release window.
The iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2 has been believed to be based on the design of the iPhone 8. It is said that it will sport a 4.7-inch screen, maintain the home button, and be powered by the A13 Bionic chip. It has been reported that Apple may plan to release the device for a low cost of $399.