Apple is pushing to start iPhone 12 mass production as soon as possible, despite the many hurdles posed by the ongoing pandemic.
Apple has finished most of the engineering verification tests for its 5G lineup, but is yet to complete design verification tests and product verification tests, before it can start mass production.
Apple reportedly initially ordered components for some 100 million iPhone 12 units, but has scaled back the order to 80 million. The company has also put in an order for 45 million older iPhone models to be manufactured, to keep the sales momentum going during iPhone 12 delays.
According to industry sources, Apple will make both mmWave and sub-6GHz iPhone 12 models. Due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic the mmWave iPhone is about two months behind schedule, while the sub-6GHz one is one to one and a half months behind.
Sources claim that final iPhone assembly might be delayed to early October, which coincides with reports that the iPhone 12 lineup could launch in November.