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iPhone 12 – New OLED Panel Supplier from China Likely for the 5.4-inch Model

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You might have been reading regularly about a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 being part of the 4 models that Apple is expected to announce this Fall. The prediction is there will be one with a 6.7-inch display, two with a 6.1-inch display and one with a 5.4-inch display. All four will sport OLED panels and would be 5G devices. A fresh report says that a Chinese panel maker BOE could become an additional supplier of OLED panels to Apple. The company may be signing a contract with the Chinese firm for sourcing the display panels for this 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model.

Apple Keeps Adding to its List of Suppliers

Though there is no confirmation yet that BOE has already bagged the contract for the supply of the OLED panels, it does not come as a surprise. Apple is known to be looking to add more suppliers in the normal course of business. It may also be relevant to recall that the company had planned to sell a lot more iPhones this year before the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China. The activity to bring in an additional OLED panel vendor could have started then. The report by DigiTimes claims that besides BOE, another Chinese company called General Interface Solutions (GIS) is also involved in this deal with Apple. There were independent reports earlier that BOE has made heavy investments in a dedicated production line to cater to Apple’s requirements for OLED display panels. Apple sources its displays from Samsung and LG in South Korea.

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Apple’s Plans for the Fall Still a Little Confusing

There is some lack of clarity among those who make predictions assuming things return to normal soon and that Apple will stick to its September schedule for the launch of its iPhones 2020 models. If the main launch will have four iPhone 12 models as described above, there are also reports of the iPhone 9 or SE2. That has now been joined by the additional iPhone 9 Plus or whatever name Apple may decide. Surely it cannot be anybody’s case that there will be six models released in one go.

It is possible that depending on which way the COVID-19 emergency pans out, there may be two launches separated by a month or more. Nothing is sure until Apple comes forth with an official announcement on how things are going to go this year.

Elizabeth Kartini, She’s an apple product expert, worked as an Apple Authorized representative and a former physics & mathematics teacher for 2 years. Her experiences help formulated her interest and proficiency in writing as a journalist in the mobile technology industry. [email protected]

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iPhone orders expected to fall amid virus spread, 5G iPhone production postponed

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  • Demand for new iPhones may fall in the US and Europe markets.
  • iPhone 12 production slowed down by Apple amid virus spread.
  • Mixed reports are coming from different suppliers of components, making it difficult to predict anything.

According to a report published in Reuters on Friday, the Apple contractors are expecting a steep fall in demand for new iPhones amid virus spread. The world economy is under immense pressure because of the ongoing pandemic and its effects will affect demand as well. The corporations are already concerned over the loss of workforce, and now a decline in consumer demand has become an alarming issue.

Factories that produce devices and components for Apple in China are back in action; however, Apple is not sure how much demand will be there in the coming days for the current iPhone models. There are chances that if Apple launches a new iPhone in the coming months, the excitement Apple users show will be missing.

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Apple expecting to see fall in demand amid virus spread

Factories in China functional again but who will buy the iPhones?

Sources suggest that Apple is no longer worried about the manpower and material shortage in China. The main concern has shifted to the demand from the US and Europe. The virus spread adversely hits the western nations and in such situation, no company will expect a similar response to new devices in the market according to the sourced one company planned to move 70 million iPhone displays in 2020.

However, since the situation got worse across the globe, they have reduced that estimate to 58 million units already. One of the suppliers located in Malaysia said that things are changing course on day to day basis. It is getting harder to predict anything because of the disrupted supply chain.

What different agencies say about the behind-the-scene strategy of Apple?

A report from Nikkei claimed that Apple has decided to postpone a production ramp-up for iPhone 12 that is expected to come with 5G capabilities. The handset may see a fall launch, but the number of devices available will be much lesser than before. Apple is expected to postpone the typical launch cycle by months if the situation does not get better in the coming months. COVID-19 has resulted in strict travel restrictions that will play a significant role in delaying development.

As of now, the key suppliers of Apple components such as A-series chipmaker TSMC and Taiwanese PCB manufacturers are still expecting to have the usual release in the fall this year. Overall, the smartphone market is expecting a sudden fall in demand in the coming weeks. Though Apple is expecting up to 18% fall in demand in March 2020 quarter, the remaining year can bring a much scarier picture. Mixed reports are coming from across the supply chain, and the picture can get clearer after a few months once the situation comes under control.

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Apple expected to Come up with AR/VR Controller with iOS 14 in 2021 or 2022 and it’s Exciting

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  • Apple might launch an AR/VR headset in 2021 or 2022
  • HTC’s Viva hardware could be the base for testing as suggested by leaks
  • Geo-located crosswalk bowling game under testing near Apple Park
  • iOS 14 may have AR/VR centric apps and options

In recent years, Apple has shown a lot of interest in AR/VR technology. The company has worked extensively on frameworks like RealityKit and ARkit. The creative tools like Reality composers and Reality Converters along with hardware like LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro’s latest model make it evident that Apple has a lot planned for the future.

Recent reports suggested that Apple is planning to launch an AR/VR combination headset that may hit the market in 2021 or 2022. The recent leaks accessed by MacRumors indicate that these are not just rumors or “fan theories,” but Apple is indeed working on this project. The leaked build of iOS 14 is making rounds on the internet and has made AR/VR enthusiasts excited about the development.

The images show a generic-looking controller than reminds the shape and build of HTC’s Viva Focus Headset that was released in 2018. In 2017, Mark Gurman, who is with Bloomberg, reported that the engineers from Apple were using HTC Viva hardware for internal testing. Though the generic controller is more like the HTC controller, those who are familiar with the gadgets by Apple believe that the actual product will be a polished one.

Where is Apple developing the AR/VR controller?

The leaked information on the controller also contains a geo-located crosswalk bowling game. The users can trigger the game at an intersection near “Mathilda 3,” which is an Apple office at 555 N Mathilda Ave in Sunnyvale, California. It allows users to access the game and play bowling using the crosswalk as a lane. There are rumors that Apple is developing an AR/VR headset at Apple Park that only a few miles from Mathilda 3.

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Basic design of Apple controller

A few weeks back, some reports came out about iOS 14 that had some information about an AR app “GOBI.” It is believed that the company is using this application along with the QR codes to test augmented reality experiences. The codes trigger experiences associated with Mac Pro, Starbucks, Apple Watch, Apple Store and a movie poster.

What are the possible hurdles in the development because of the pandemic?

All the information that is coming out about iOS 14 suggests that Apple is heavily investing in the AR/VR project. The development is slower than expected and as the ongoing pandemic has forced a lot of tech companies to either halt or slow down their future projects and hence AR/VR headset may take longer than the company anticipated. The engineers at Apple are mostly working from home at the moment which is also a major setback for the company as information sharing between teams is slower than usual.

AR/VR technology has a bright future and in the coming years, more companies are going to invest in the technology. From travel to real estate and from education to the movie experience, AR/VR technology can make life much simpler and easier. Apple would not want to miss the opportunity and hopefully, they launch the controller with iOS 14.

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iPhone 12 : Conflicting Reports on Deferment of Launch this Fall

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  • Delays caused due to the COVID-19 disruptions cited as one reason for the postponement
  • Supply chain issues and delays due to lockdown and travel restrictions also pointed out
  • The counterpoint is that Apple starts working on its models years before their release and delays like these won’t affect the launch schedule

Apple Inc. may decide to postpone the launch of the iPhone 12 models at the usual Fall event in the month of September. The disruptions caused by the Coronavirus outbreak have delayed the company’s plans to finalize the design and to freeze the various specifications etc. Apple generally holds a series of meetings with the vendors so that the company’s viewpoints can be conveyed to them properly. These meetings could not be held due to travel restrictions. All these are pointed out in the report by Nikkei Asian Review and it concludes that the company will delay the release of its first set of 5G iPhones.

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iPhone 11 models; There will be considerable improvements over these in the iPhone 12

Would the Market Dynamic Affect the Prospects?

The other important question is if Apple will take a decision to defer the launch of the iPhone 12 due to other considerations like market sentiments. The implied meaning here is the COVID-19 lockdown could last a month or two before the governments decide to lift their restrictions. For many, life may never be the same again. The loss of jobs and salaries may have adverse effects on the economy. The term used by economists is “market sentiment”. This might be low. This is usually explained by a sense of no desire to make new purchases. Weak consumer demand is another way of expressing the situation. Will Apple go ahead and launch its flagship smartphone with all these backgrounds?

Why Apple May Stick with its Schedule

There is a counterpoint to this as well. Those who don’t think Apple would be affected by any of this have their own take. Their first assertion is that Apple starts working on an iPhone model year in advance. It is not a company that releases a model one year and then sits down to work on the next year’s model. It’s a long-drawn process at Apple and a few months’ delays here and there won’t matter.

As for consumer demand, Apple will not get swayed by such considerations and will go ahead with the launch in September 2020.

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