DigiTimes: Two 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models could come out first

Disruptions caused to the global supply chain by the coronavirus pandemic have promoted Apple to stagger its ‌iPhone‌ launches this year, with two 6.1-inch models launching first.

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes said Monday that printed circuit board suppliers have been ramping up shipments even though the new devices will debut later than expected:

The new iPhone lineup may arrive in two stages, with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another two 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second, said the sources, noting that shipments of SLP mainboards for the 6.1-inch models were kicked off in July and those for the 6.7- and 5.4-inch ones began in the second half of August.

The same publication in June said this year’s iPhones may arrive in October rather than the standard September launch window. Rumor-mill reporting and analyst predictions have strongly hinted at four new iPhone models this year.

There will be one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch model and a flagship 6.7-inch model. The 5.4-incher and one of the 6.1-inch models will be more affordable and feature dual-lens cameras.

The other 6.1-inch iPhone 12 along with the flagship 6.7-inch iPhone are apparently premium models that should feature three rear cameras. And last but not least, 2020 will complete Apple’s transition to an all-OLED lineup as there will be no new LCD models this year.