Apple’s new 2020 flagship iPhone 12 would be launching this fall, and a recent report gives a more precise time frame for the start of the smartphone’s mass production. The company is ready to begin mass-production of the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 12 in July-August timeframe. However, mass production of other models in the iPhone series will not start next month.
As widely speculated, Apple will be launching four new models of its latest flagship smartphone this year: 5.4-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Why is Apple producing the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 ahead of the others?
A Taiwanese publisher, DigiTimes claims that Apple would begin production of 6.1-inch iPhone base models ahead of other variants because the company has to source the touch modules used in the device from other supply chain partners. There are rumors that Samsung will supply most of the displays for the 5.4-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max. Allegedly these devices would ship with Samsung’s Y-OCTA display tech which will allow the company to place the touch sensor directly on the OLED panel without needing a separate layer for it.
Furthermore, the rumor mill claims that Samsung panels could be supplied to the manufacturers much faster than the alleged 6.1-inch screen panels. Therefore, BOE and LG-Innotek (the primary suppliers for 6.1-inch iPhone 12 panels) would be in production earlier than the other models of the new flagship series because the panels would go through time-consuming assembly and calibration phases.
The new 6.1-inch iPhone 12
Rumors suggest that the 6.1-inch variant of the new iPhones will be getting a major redesign with a metal frame which will be similar to iPhone 4 and iPad Pro. iPhone 4 had a flat and well-defined look with its stainless steel frame. That same design is expected to make a comeback with the new 2020 iPhones.
It will feature an OLED Display regardless of coming with a lower price tag in comparison with the higher-end models. Apple is also introducing 5G connectivity in all new iPhones this year, but it is not clear yet whether all models will support the super fast mmWave standard in all countries. Lastly, the phones will come equipped with an Apple-designed A14 Bionic Chip which is expected to bring better speed and efficient performance to the phones.