The iPhone 15 Pro Max could face delays thanks to Sony failing to supply the needed image sensor component for the flagship's new periscope camera in time.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 15 lineup during a September event. The flagship product, iPhone 15 Pro Max, could be delayed by a few weeks due to an image sensor component not being ready for the September launch.
According to a report from 9to5Mac with information sourced from an unknown analyst note, Sony will not be able to provide the image sensor for the iPhone 15 Pro Max on time leading to a delayed October ship date. The component is exclusive to the flagship model since it is the only one getting a new periscope camera.
This is the second analyst report in about a month that suggests supply chain issues could delay some portion of the iPhone 15 lineup into October. Such a delay isn't unheard of, as Apple has pushed back launches in recent years due to supply chain problems and COVID-related constraints.
However, it is the first report to specify the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Sony. Previously, a Bank of America report suggested that iPhone 15 would be delayed into October without specifying a model, while Jeff Pu named the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus as the potential delay targets in another note.
Apple hasn't announced its September iPhone event date yet, but all eyes are on September 12. The iPhone 15 lineup and Apple Watch Series 9 are expected at the event.