Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages

Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages starting with the 6.1-inch models first, report claims Apple confirmed it will release its 5G iPhone 12 lineup in October  The delay is due to the ongoing coronavirus and travel restrictions A new report now suggests the release will be done in two stages The 6.1-inch iPhones will launch first, followed by the  6.7- and 5.4-inch devices

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:59 BST, 3 August 2020 | Updated: 23:41 BST, 3 August 2020

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Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages.

The tech giant is set to roll out four smartphones this year and sources within the supply chain revealed the two 6.1-inch models will hit the market first.

Shipments for the device are reportedly under way, which will be followed by 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in late August.

The delay is a result of the coronavirus pandemic that forced Apple to close its factories in China earlier this year, in a bid to limit spreading the virus.

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Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages (Pictured are artist impression of the smartphone)

Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages (Pictured are artist impression of the smartphone)

September has been the set month for when Apple releases its next-gen iPhone, but the ongoing health crisis and travel restrictions has forced the firm to shift plans.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October.

However, Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July.

'We believe we are going to have a strong back-to-school season,' Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the conference call, Axios reported.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

The news of two stages was shared by Digitimes, which revealed Apple's supply chain plans on receiving orders for new iPhone components in the fourth quarter – a few weeks later than usual.

'Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages,' reports Digitimes, 'with two 6.1-inch models in the first

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