Apple warned on Monday it was unlikely to meet its March quarter sales forecast due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Mass production of the model was expected to start by the end of February, but it could now be delayed until sometime in March, the Nikkei reported, citing sources.
The company had asked suppliers to ready up to 15 million units of the cheaper model for the first half of 2020, the Nikkei reported late last month.
Apple declined to comment on the Nikkei report.
(Reporting by Ambhini Aishwarya in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)