Qualcomm hints that 2020 5G iPhones might not arrive in September

A recent report suggests that Apple users will have to wait a little longer than expected for the new 5G iPhone which was speculated to launch in September this year. Akash Palkhiwala, CFO of Qualcomm, one of the major suppliers of the iPhone manufacturer, said Apple’s fourth-quarter projections might be impacted by the “delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch.”

This discussion took place at Qualcomm’s Q3 2020 earnings call on Wednesday, July 29. Although the CFO of Qualcomm did not name Apple or the 5G iPhone, the timeline of the release does hint that the Cupertino tech giant might delay the launch of some of its smartphones.

5G iPhone models might be delayed

Without mentioning names, Palkhiwala hinted that due to production delays the launch of the flagship phone will be pushed ahead by several weeks. He said,

“We’re seeing a partial impact from the delay of a flagship phone launch. And so what we’ve seen is a slight delay that pushes some of the units out from the September quarter to the December quarter for us.”

The fourth quarter is from July to September, and Apple usually launches new smartphones in September. However, the company’s CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that the launch will be delayed by a few weeks due to the delay in production caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, the 2020 iPhones will launch with 5G connectivity supported by Qualcomm’s modems. It is expected that the 5G iPhone variants will include support for both versions of 5G: sub-6 GHz and mmWave.

iPhone 12 Details

It is widely anticipated that Apple will launch four new models in the upcoming iPhone 12 line-up with 5.4-, 6.1-, and 6.7-inch models and according to some leaked images of dummy units at least one model with 5G network support. Here is everything we know about the upcoming smartphone lineup from various leaks and reports:

  • It is expected that at least one of the new models will have 5G connectivity.
  • Analysts claim that the rear triple-camera system on the high-end iPhone 12 models will include a LiDAR scanner.
  • All the models will have an OLED display.
  • 60Hz ProMotion refresh rate.
  • Apple will not include any additional accessories like wired earphones or a power adapter in the box this year.
  • The 5.4-inch model could retail for $749 dollars.
  • Improved speakers.
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