In April, Ming-Chi Kuo — a reliable analyst — had said that Apple will begin the mass production of the iPhone 12 in September. However, now he reports that there has been an issue with the lens for the ultra-wide camera lenses for the 6.1-inch and the lower-end 5.4-inch models, and this may lead to a delayed shipment of the product.
All the impending iPhone 12 models will rely on the 7P lens (7 element assembly) for the ultra-wide camera. Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned that this looks like a substantial issue but it will not interfere with the launch of the iPhone 12 series. Apple is now relying on Largan, the second supplier to boost the supply as their lenses have been tested fine.
To have the non-Pro version ready on time, Largan will be making up for the blunder by Genius Electronic Optical. To top it all, the grand failure will be advantageous for Apple as they will now ask the supplier to lower its prices to carry out the business in the future.
Apple will make the iPhone 12 available to buy in two phases. The two 6.1-inch models (vanilla and the Pro) are expected to launch earlier, and the 5.4-inch vanilla and the 6.7-inch Pro will follow. According to past rumors, the Pro iPhones will house triple cameras + ToF whereas the base models will have a dual rear-cam setup.