“Demand for the Apple A14 chipset this year is said 50 percent higher than the A13 chip last year”
iPhone 12 launch won’t be affected by the production delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China, according to the Digitimes report. The demand for the A14 chipset is also said to be 50 percent higher than the A13 chip from last year. The reason behind this is Apple’s aggressive push into bringing 5G support to the upcoming iPhone 12 series, notes Digitimes. If there’s any unexpected delay, Apple could have limited supply at launch or it might push the availability of some of the models, as it did with iPhone XR back in 2018.
The report also claims that Apple has stopped moving iPhone engineers to China, which in turn is stalling the engineering validation test for the prototypes. The Cupertino giant usually readies the hardware by pushing it to engineering validation first, then to design validation and then production validation. The iPhones enter mass production in June/July months. Furthermore, Apple is also reportedly planning on unveiling more iPhone models this year than it did previously and all the models could have 5G connectivity.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo report from 2019, Apple is expected to debut four 5G iPhone 12 models later this year, including a 5.4-inch, a 6.1-inch model with dual rear cameras, another 6.1-inch iPhone with triple rear cameras and a bigger 6.7-inch variant with the same triple camera setup and Time-of-Flight sensor. It’s worth noting that all the iPhone 12 models will have OLED display. Apple could also unveil new iPads this year and these would have A14 chip inside. As for 5G, the iPhone 12-series is said to support both millimetre wave and sub-6GHz frequencies. It will be using a Qualcomm modem in the iPhone 12 models but is heard to be working on an in-house modem to cut off its dependence on Qualcomm chipsets.