IPhone production will not improve significantly until the end of the second quarter of 2020. This is stated by Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known analyst who has always been close to the Apple company. Apparently, in fact, the activities of the Chinese suppliers of the Cupertino giant would be suffering delays and would be continuing at a slower pace than expected due to the Coronavirus.
For this reason, in recent days, Apple - like Microsoft - has revised down the sales estimates for the current quarter. The elements that make us assume a belated presentation of the new generation of iPhone 12 and the much talked about iPhone 9 They are different. According to reports from Reuters, LG Innoteck, which supplies photo modules for Apple's smartphones, has temporarily closed its Gumi plant in South Korea after one of the employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Kuo also reported that Genius Electronic Optical, a supplier of camera lenses, has experienced a sharp drop in shipments over the past month. Furthermore, supplies seem to be dwindling, with the analyst estimating that production will not resume significantly until at least May. All this would create potential timing issues at Apple which would be forced to revise the timeline for the launch of new products.
Although it is still too early to make accurate predictions, analysts are starting to make some assumptions. According to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives, Apple's manufacturing partners could return to full production as early as April, which would not lead to any delays for the iPhone 12 series. At the same time, however, the release of the iPhone 9 could be postponed from March to April. In the worst case, however, the future generation of iPhone could be delayed by three months (therefore in December) while iPhone 9 may not see the light until June.
In short, the situation is complex and the many variables involved do not allow us to formulate accurate and precise forecasts. We will see what the impact of the Coronavirus will be on the entire technology industry.
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