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Apple weighs delaying 5G iPhone launch by months, sources say

US tech giant assesses coronavirus impact on global demand

Apple lags behind rivals Samsung and Huawei in releasing a 5G-capable smartphone.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO/TAIPEI -- Apple is preparing the ground to possibly delay the launch of its first 5G iPhones as the coronavirus pandemic threatens global demand and disrupts the company's product development schedule, sources familiar with the matter have told the Nikkei Asian Review.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has held internal discussions on the possibility of delaying the launch by months, three people familiar with the matter said, while supply chain sources say practical hurdles could push back the release, originally scheduled for September.

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