Much to the chagrin of iPhone aficionado waiting to get their hands on the iPhone 12 smartphone as soon as it hits the store shelves, there’s another bump in the road to the device’s hotly-anticipated launch.
It looks like another production-related issue could either postpone or cancel the launch. This time, the problem is related to the phone’s camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a note this week revealing that the coating on the wide-angle camera of the 6.1-inches and the 5.4-inches iPhone 12 variants has been cracking during high-heat stress testing.
It is worth mentioning here that the problem is associated with the standard model and not the iPhone 12 Pro series. The aforesaid test is conducted to check the device’s reliability in harsh tropical environments, 9to5Mac revealed.
There is a possibility that the Cupertino based tech giant could address this issue. Apple uses two suppliers for this component like it does for many other parts. The samples provided by the other company has reportedly passed the test without breaking a sweat.
In other words, this issue is unlikely to delay the phone’s launch, and Apple might take advantage of this episode to negotiate a lower price from the firm that delivered the faulty units.
“As you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in late September. This year, we project to supply to be available a few weeks later,” Apple CFO Luca Maestri said last week. While the company did not divulge more details, it is no secret that the still-raging coronavirus pandemic delayed the iPhone design and development process by a few days.
In short, the Apple iPhone 12 models will not all launch at the same time this year, and there is a possibility that the company’s lower-end iPhone 12 models will hit the store shelves ahead of the higher-end iPhone 12 models. Some reports suggest that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will not be made available to the public until Nov.