Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China may delay release of iPhone 12

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China may delay release of iPhone 12
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  • calendar-gray 27 February 2020

The release of Apple’s new iPhone 12 is expected to be delayed due to travel restrictions amid the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus crisis facing the China, APA reports citing Reuters.

Apple is set to release its latest iPhone in September, while production is slated to begin in summer, after assuring all contract manufacturers based in China are ready. Amid growing threats of the deadly virus, experts in the company's supply chain have warned that the strict travel restrictions in place may lead to delaying the release of iPhone 12, according to the news outlet.

Apple engineers normally collaborate with their counterparts at China's Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacture and the primary manufacturer of iPhones and related products; assembling, testing and troubleshooting the expensive devices, according to Reuters.

"They probably have one assembly line they're trying things out on," said a former employee, quoted by Reuters. "Are Apple's engineers with the Foxconn engineers? If they are, they're probably making progress. But if they're not, if they're quarantined, that could be bad."

Apple engineers are reportedly set to work with Foxconn staff in the period between March and April to set up, test, and make adjustments to the assembly lines before gradually ramping up production by June.

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