Apple is preparing a new iPhone to be launched in early 2020. We all thought it was the new iPhone SE 2, but it looks like it will end up being called iPhone 9. This device will inherit the overall design of the iPhone 8 and will be updated inside with a new camera and the A13 Bionic processor from the new iPhone 11 and 11 Pro .
Everything looked set for a March launch, but the latest epidemic could delay Apple’s plans. The Chinese coronavirus could partially paralyze the production of the iPhone 9 as published a few minutes ago by Mark Gurman on Bloomberg .
The vast majority of Apple’s iPhones are manufactured in China, mainly by Foxconn in the city of Zhengzhou and by Pegatron in an assembly plant near Shanghai. Both locations are more than 500 kilometers from Wuhan , the epicenter of the virus outbreak, but according to Gurman this distance does not make them immune to the effects of the coronavirus.
For example, in Henan province, where Zhengzhou and the Foxconn facility is located, confirmed cases of infected people are beginning to appear and that could lead Foxconn or the government to close factories to prevent a spread of the coronavirus.
Foxconn has stated that it is monitoring the situation in China and following all health guidelines recommended by the government.
However, in case of illness there is nothing guaranteed, and although Apple has several suppliers to try to ensure that this type of situation does not affect production too much, if the Foxconn installation is closed we could see important delays in production that could affect both the new iPhone 9 and the current iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.
Apple is very involved in this matter and last weekend announced that it will send aid and donations to fight the coronavirus that is spreading through China. Let’s hope that the health authorities can control this epidemic.