Apple has decided to postpone its March product launch event due to the coronavirus outbreak and the repeated delays in the production of the iPhone SE successor. The leak comes courtesy of a Cult of Mac’s source at Apple.
Another major factor that led Apple to take this decision was the worsening of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The company got “concerned” about bringing nearly 1,000 people for a media event at its Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park in late March. Many Apple executives were also worried about how they could potentially distance themselves socially at a public event with so many people around. Santa Clara County has banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more until April 1 which further prevents Apple from holding a media event even if it wanted to.
The source also told that there are “delays in producing two of the primary products” that Apple intended to launch at the event. Not having those devices for sale worldwide right after the event played another key role in the postponement of the event. The production delays make sense since multiple Apple supply chain partners have had to shut down their factories due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Apple is now evaluating the production schedule of components and the final product assembly and depending on that, the company will decide on an announcement plan for its devices. As of now, nothing is “written in stone” and things could change from one day to the next.
It was earlier believed that Apple would announce some new products this month via a press release. However, given the virus outbreak has spread in the United States and the production delays, it is now possible that we will see the launch delayed to April.[Via Cult of Mac]