Ap­ple con­firms de­lay to iPhone 12 re­lease

CFO Luca Maestri makes rare ad­mis­sion dur­ing earn­ings re­port. Mac­world Staff re­port

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Over re­cent months, pun­dits and an­a­lysts have gone back and forth on the ques­tion of when this au­tumn’s new iPhone mod­els will be launched. But now – ex­tremely un­usu­ally – we have con­fir­ma­tion from Ap­ple it­self that the iPhone 12 will be de­layed.

Dur­ing the quar­terly earn­ings re­port, Ap­ple CFO Luca Maestri an­nounced that the late‑2020 iPhone will be re­leased a cou­ple of weeks later than usual.

In other words, the new phones won’t be avail­able in shops un­til Oc­to­ber.

The an­nounce­ment comes as no ma­jor sur­prise, es­pe­cially as Qual­comm’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Akash Palkhi­wala an­nounced as re­cently as 29 July that the “de­lay of a flag­ship mo­bile” will have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on re­sults for the cur­rent quar­ter. We even sus­pected that this quar­ter’s re­port could con­tain hints about the iPhone 12 launch sched­ule.

Broad­com’s CEO Hock Tan has also pre­vi­ously said that an “im­por­tant prod­uct” from a “ma­jor North Amer­i­can mo­bile phone man­u­fac­turer” had been hit by de­lays. As we’ve men­tioned be­fore, this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean the an­nounce­ment will be de­layed: there’s noth­ing to stop Ap­ple from un­veil­ing the iPhone 12 in Septem­ber, but the hard­ware won’t ac­tu­ally go on sale un­til Oc­to­ber.

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