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Highlights of the day: PCB suppliers not told to delay production for 5G iPhone

There has been speculation that Apple is looking to delay the launch of its next-generation iPhones due the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, but its PCB suppliers say they have not received any notification from the client about delaying production for the 5G iPhone. Despite their claims, the PCB sectors and many others have seen the pandemic blur their order visibility. Tripod Technology is wary of the virus' impacts on demand although it saw record sales and profits in 2019, and so are IC designers. The uncertainty about demand is not preventing manufacturers in China from resuming production, but they have difficulties recruiting workers.

Apple PCB suppliers dismiss speculation about 5G iPhone delay: Taiwan's PCB makers in the supply chain of 5G iPhones have denied reports claiming they have been asked to postpone volume production by two months in line with a likely launch delay for Apple's new-generation devices amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry sources.

PCB maker Tripod cautious about 2020: Taiwan-based PCB specialist Tripod Technology has posted record revenues and profits for 2019, but it has turned cautious about its business prospect for 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic has led to many uncertainties on the demand side.

Taiwan fabless chipmakers see unclear order visibility for 2Q20: Taiwan-based IC design houses remain cautious about overall customer demand in the second quarter judging from limited order visibility, according to industry sources.

Makers in Kunshan, China face rising costs: Manufacturers with plants in China's Kunshan have restarted production, but face rising operating costs in the second quarter, according to industry sources.

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