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5G iPhone unlikely to launch in September, hints Qualcomm

Qualcomm's earnings report for the third quarter has hinted that Apple could delay the launch of the 5G iPhone this year.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | July 30, 2020 | Updated 13:06 IST
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Highlights

  • Apple's 5G iPhone may not ship in September, a Qualcomm earnings report has suggested.
  • Apple will use the 5G model supplied by Qualcomm on its iPhone for this year.
  • The iPhone 12 series was earlier said to be delayed by multiple weeks.

Qualcomm has hinted that the 5G iPhone may not launch in September after all. In its Q3 earnings report, the US-based chipmaker suggested there might be a delay for Apple's 5G iPhone lineup without specifying the name in the report. While stating the foresight of upcoming events to affect the earnings for the next quarter, Qualcomm cited a "partial impact from the delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch." Now, this global 5G flagship is going to be none other than the 5G iPhone.

Following the $4.5 billion settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, the former will use the chipmaker's 5G modem for its iPhone devices. Apple has been long-rumoured to be working on 5G iPhone and that it could launch them as early as this year. Since iPhone models are sold globally and in huge volumes, the sales will also impact Qualcomm's business - which is what the Q3 earnings report has hinted at. Apple's 5G iPhone is already reportedly getting delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the disruptions in the supply chain caused by it.

But the chip manufacturer is positive that the delay will not be too long. In an interview to Reuters, Qualcomm's chief finance officer Akash Palkhiwala said there will be "a slight delay that pushes some of the units out from the September quarter to the December quarter for us." The September to December quarter will be Qualcomm's fourth one for the year 2020. Since Apple releases its flagship iPhone models in September - October, the unavailability of a 5G iPhone model will impact Qualcomm's business indirectly.

Apple's iPhone 12 series has previously been reported to have 5G network connectivity but its launch is something that, multiple reports have pointed out, might actually happen in September. Although, Apple could delay the shipping of 2020 iPhone models for later October or early November, as it has done earlier with iPhone X and iPhone XR. A Bloomberg report also suggested the iPhone 12 launch could take place "multiple weeks later than normal" and that Apple could also launch a basic version of its smart Siri-powered speaker HomePod. Later, Broadcom, which is a major supplier of Apple, suggested a major delay in the iPhone launch this year, citing reasons related to the pandemic.

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