Apple is pushing back mass production of 2020 iPhones by a month, WSJ reports. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the publication notes that the company will also cut the total number of units to be produced in the second half of the year by half.
The report comes weeks after the company reiterated continuing with its production schedules as usual after long-time Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the company would delay mass production by a month.
Apple is expected to launch for the first time an iPhone with 5G support, after missing out on the drive last year. The company is anticipated to avail three new devices to refresh on last year’s iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Under regular schedules, Apple is usually set by August, but this time is delaying mass production means the company will still be building iPhones in the July-to-September period.
Apple’s U.S. engineering team was also forced to use video calls in guiding “Chinese colleagues through iPhone prototype assembly at factories in Asia.”
The iPhone launch may also be pushed back, and that’s something that has been worrying some of the company’s investors.
Apple has been one of the most affected companies due to the ongoing virus outbreak, which has led to weak iPhone sales in Asia and Europe. In February, the company only shipped 500,000 units in China, which was 60 percent down from a similar period last year.