And there we go with more rumors involving future Apple releases!
This fresh, fresh batch came directly from Asia – more precisely two notes for investors from the famous analyst at TF Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo (which has a great track record of success, being responsible for several recent leaks from Apple releases).
Let’s go to possible news!
Delay in the production of iPhone 12 ″
At this point in the championship, whoever accompanies us here MacMagazine you already know that all “iPhones 12” (there will be four models, in total) will have 5G connectivity.
According to Kuo, iPhones that rely on mmWave technology (5G in its “most powerful” form, so to speak) may have their production pushed back later due to a change in the design of the antenna package (antenna in package, or AiP). As the laboratories to carry out the qualification tests are closed, the project as a whole needs to be postponed.
Also according to the analyst, the models of 5.4 and 6.1 inches (remembering that there will be two of this size) will start to be manufactured in September, while the larger model, of 6.7 inches, only in October (because he has an even more complicated antenna design).
If this is confirmed, Apple may divide the launch into two phases or simply postpone everything until the end of the year.
“IPhone SE Plus”
Believe it or not: there is a rumor about a possible “iPhone SE Plus”, fanned by Kuo himself. However, the analyst had bet that it would be launched in the first half of 2021 and with a very different design from the recently launched SE, since the device would have a borderless screen and without a Home button (instead of Face ID, we would have a Touch ID built into the side button), with a 5.5 ″ or 6.1 ″ screen.
Now, the analyst has revised these projections and said that this device should be launched in the second half of next year. He did not comment on the possible entry price of this supposed new smartphone, nor did he revise its technical specifications.
The curious thing is that, if the rumor is confirmed, we would have a “iPhone SE Plus” very different from the iPhone SE sold today – the model launched last week has a start button with Touch ID (consequently, a screen with beautiful borders).
Finally, the analyst said that sales of the ovonew iPhone SE are better than expected; in contrast, the overall demand for iPhones is falling. Thus, he believes that between 29 and 32 million iPhones will be sold in the second quarter, a reduction of 20-25% compared to 2019.
If the economy and the purchasing power of consumers improve somewhat in the third quarter of 2020, sales in that period could fall slightly less than in the second (around 10-15%).
via MacRumors [1, 2]