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Apple plans to begin production of its first 5G iPhones, tentatively named the iPhone 12 series, in mid-September, and Apple's original AirTag, which will allow users to track non-Apple devices, has already gone into production, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.

At one point, there were predictions that the production of the new iPhone would be delayed significantly due to supply chain disruptions caused by city blockades and other factors, but it is now reportedly a large improvement compared with the situation a few months ago.

The first model to go into production will be the entry-level model with a 6.1-inch OLED screen and two rear cameras. The affordable (and relatively high performance) iPhone 11 has become the most popular 2019 iPhone, but the model it replaces has been stated to account for about 40 percent of manufacturing orders.

Incidentally, the predictions for the iPhone 12 series are predicting a total of four models: the 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch entry-level models, and two expensive, three-rear camera Pro models in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch versions. Of these, only the 6.7-inch Pro model was rumored to have a LiDAR scanner (3D sensor) and fast 5G millimeter wave support.

However, production delays remain, and although Apple has ordered up to 80 million units of the iPhone 12 series, only 73 to 74 million will be manufactured by the end of the year, with the rest postponed to early 2021. Meanwhile, iPad production is on track to reach as many as 27 million units between September and December. This figure is said to be equal to all iPad production in the second half of 2019 (i.e., six months) and seems to reflect the accelerated demand for tablets in the wake of the new coronavirus disaster.

The long-rumored AirTag that can be used to find lost items, is also in preparation and is reportedly already in production. AirTag was found a clue from within the iOS 13 beta as far back as the end of 2019, and renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted earlier this year that "tens of millions of units" would be shipped by the end of the year.

UWB (ultra-wideband), which is believed to be built into the AirTag, is a radio technology capable of detecting positions within 10cm, and if released, would pose a major threat to competitors such as the Tile.

The Apple Watch Series 6 and the fourth-generation iPad Air are expected to be announced at the Apple special event starting at 10 a.m. on September 15 (PDT), but there may be a surprise announcement of the AirTag as a "one more thing" and it could be released soon after.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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