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The iPhone 12 series may be delayed because their wide-angle camera lenses are out of stock

Updating these cameras may be holding the iPhones 12 back. (Source: Currys)
Updating these cameras may be holding the iPhones 12 back. (Source: Currys)
The well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly issued a new research note that may help explain why Apple may have to put off launching its iPhone 12 line until later in the year than usual. It seems the OEM is having trouble sourcing good-quality wide-angle lenses for the cheaper variants of this series.
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The rumors of the iPhone 12 series' release being rescheduled in 2020 have become so persistent that Apple has finally publicly admitted that this is indeed the case. The company's chief financial officer (CFO) Luca Maestri has conceded that the new devices may ship "a few weeks later" than normal. Now, a new leak purports to offer some insight as to why this is.

The new iPhones are clearly likely to launch with upgrades compared to their current generation. A new report, apparently based on a new missive released by Ming-Chi Kuo, notes that one of these is a new 7-piece (7P) wide-angle lens in all 4 of their variants (as opposed to 6P in the iPhones 11). Unfortunately, it seems Apple's plan to provide this spec has run into difficulty.

The 7P lens destined for the iPhone 12 models with 5.4- and 6.1-inch screens will be 1/2.6 inches in size, whereas that of the 2 remaining higher-end models will be 1/1.9-inch and support something called Sensor Shift.

In the case of the former, they were apparently to be supplied by a company called GSEO. However, these components have been subject to poor results in routine quality tests (conducted by Sharp, the maker of the underlying sensor in question).

More specifically, it seems the lens' coating developed fissures when exposed to increased temperatures and humidity. This may be intolerable in a mobile device; therefore, GSEO may have to re-negotiate its price-per-lens with Apple in order to keep the contract to supply them.

Another company, Largan, has higher-quality 7P lenses according to Kuo; therefore, this may be another spanner in the works as far as iPhone 12 unit completion is concerned.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 3857 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-08- 7 (Update: 2020-08- 7)