Coronavirus: Apple to delay mass production of iPhones as global demand falls

Apple Inc will delay production of the iPhone, by at least a month, as the coronavirus pandemic has weakened global consumer demand and disrupted manufacturing across Asia, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Apple is moving forward with its plans to launch four new iPhone models later this year, the article said, based on sources consulted.

The new models will be enabled with 5G connectivity, which promises shorter response times and faster Internet.

The Nikkei newspaper had reported in late March that Apple was preparing to delay the launch of its first 5G iPhones.

Monday’s WSJ article added that Apple was going to cut the number of phones it plans to manufacture in the second half of this year by as much as 20%.

The company, which traditionally introduced new iPhones in September, launched a smaller iPhone priced at $ 399 earlier this month.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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