Samsung Galaxy Note 20 set to dominate as iPhone 12 delayed

One YouTuber claims the iPhone 12's production and the iPhone 9's March launch have both been pushed back

iPhone 12 concept
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Now the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is officially out, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and iPhone 12 are two of the highest profile smartphone releases we’ve got to look forward to in 2020. With both phones looking as though they’ll be state-of-the-art pieces of kit, it’s tough to see either of them “winning” the great phone battle at this very early stage.

However, it’s looking like Samsung may have an early lead. YouTuber Jon Prosser from FrontPageTech has deployed several scoops from Apple, based on corroborated information from five different, unnamed sources. And it’s all bad news. 

 According to Prosser, Apple was set to unveil the budget iPhone 9 (otherwise known as the iPhone SE2) at an event on March 31. The budget phone’s unveiling has been delayed without a confirmed rescheduled date, as Prosser claims Apple is unwilling to release a phone in the current volatile market, brought on by the viral outbreak. 

The iPhone 12, set to be released during Apple’s regular autumn event, has also been allegedly delayed over supply chain problems. 

Even Apple’s existing customers are set to be affected, as replacement devices for those lost, broken or stolen devices are also set to be delayed. According to Prosser, Apple is internally discussing providing loaner devices – iPhone 7s and 8s, apparently – while its repair team can accumulate enough stock. 

iPhone 12 concept

The new iPhone models are facing delays thanks to the global viral crisis

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It’s a tough time to be in any industry that relies on large supply chains from countries affected by the global pandemic, but according to Prosser, Apple is in a particular state of internal meltdown. You can watch his full report below: 

Samsung, meanwhile, have seemed to suffer no such delay. Although its next device, the Galaxy Note 20, won’t be revealed until around July, we’ve heard nothing from the Samsung camp regarding any such delays. Of course, we’ll keep our ear to the ground and let you know if this changes going forward. 

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Matt Evans

Matt Evans now works for sister brand TechRadar, covering all things relating to fitness and wellness. He came to as staff writer before moving on, and was previously on Men's Health, and slightly counterintuitively, a website devoted to the consumption of Scotch whiskey. In his free time, he could often be found with his nose in a book until he discovered the Kindle.