Apple reportedly delays launch of new iPhone 5G until October

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Apple is reportedly delaying a fall launch event for its next batch of iPhones until the “second half of October.”

The tech giant was forced to delay its traditional September opening speech due to production delays caused by the coronavirus, according to a technology blog. Apple is now on track to launch its 5G iPhones just in time for the biggest holiday season, reported Apple’s Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

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It is expected to announce four new iPhones at the fall event, with 5G models not hitting stores until November, while low-end LTE phones will be available to customers soon after the show, according to the blog.

The October date is in line with previous reports that the iPhone 12 line faced delays due to “practical hurdles” caused by the coronavirus.

Apple typically sends engineers back and forth from its offices to its factories in China to finalize designs in the lead-up to the product launch. But the coronavirus blocks led Apple to restrict employee travel to the outbreaks of the disease in recent months.

All new phones are expected to have high-end OLED displays, but Apple is rumored to not include a complimentary power adapter or headphones in the box.

OLED displays are more efficient than their LCD equivalents and can display darker blacks and brighter colors. He first introduced OLED with the iPhone X, and previously had reserved it only for its more expensive models.

The four new iPhones will come in three different screen sizes: the established 6.1 and 6.7-inch screens, as well as a smaller 5.4-inch screen.

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