Apple’s this year’s smartphone series, which is likely to be called iPhone 12 series, will be launched as per its schedule in September, Bloomberg has said in a report. This is due to the fact that the production of smartphones has not started yet and is likely to begin in late summer. Further, Hon Hai, which is also known as Foxconn, is getting back on track. Foxconn is the key iPhone manufacturer in China.
‘Signs are that Apple's Chinese-centric manufacturing – of which Hon Hai is the linchpin – is slowly getting back on track. The next iPhones with 5G wireless capabilities remain on schedule to launch in the fall, partly because mass production isn't slated to begin until the summer,’ Bloomberg quoted people familiar with the matter. Foxconn was temporarily closed due to the lockdown in Zhengzhou due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The development adds to the ongoing confusion regarding the launch of the 2020 iPhone line-up. Last month Bloomberg also reported that Apple's next flagship iPhone will go into mass production in/after May. But last week, Reuters said that the production of new flagships has been postponed. Another report from Nikkei claimed that Apple was considering delaying the 2020 iPhone, but that no decision had been made yet. DigiTimes reported that printed circuit boards-suppliers were not asked to postpone volume production for 2020 iPhones.
Apple iPhone 12 is expected to feature a display with 120Hz refresh rate, and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) scanning technology. The technology is used to measure distances by throwing light in the form of a pulsed laser. The technology in the phone is said to be able to measure objects that are up to 5 meters away and work both indoors and outdoors.