This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
This year's flagship iPhone 12 (tentative) series has already been officially announced by Apple as being (unusually) a few weeks later than usual in its release. So naturally, the next focus is on when, exactly, it will be.
Here's the rumor that the iPhone launch event will be held the week of October 12th (12-16th) and that the relatively cheaper entry-level model will be available for pre-order the same week.
The source of this rumor is Jon Prosser, who is well known for his information on unannounced Apple products. He is the one who made headlines when he correctly guessed the release date of the second-generation iPhone SE.
According to Prosser's tweet, Apple will begin shipping the iPhone 12 the week after it is announced and available for pre-order. On the other hand, the expensive Pro models will lag behind the entry-level model, stating that both pre-orders and shipping dates will be delayed until November.
New, adjusted Apple dates!— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) August 12, 2020
Apple Watch & iPad
- Via press release
- Week 37 w/c Sep 7
iPhone 12 event
- Week 42 w/c Oct 12
iPhone 12 devices
- Preorders week 42 w/c Oct 12
- Shipping week 43 w/c Oct 19
iPhone 12 Pro devices
- Preorder and shipping in Nov (no exact date yet)
However, rumors at this point are still divided as to when the iPhone 12 series will be released and how many models it will consist of.
First of all, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch models will go into mass production in September, while only the 6.7-inch Pro model, the largest, will not start mass production until October.
On the other hand, DigiTimes, an industry newsletter that is well versed in Taiwanese supply chain information, reported that two 6.1-inch models will be introduced first, followed by a 5.4-inch and a 6.7-inch model. Since the two 6.1-inch models have been theorized to consist of an entry model and a Pro model, "the "one Pro model will be released early" is at odds with the Prosser's theory.
Going back to Prosser's statement, another surprising thing is that the new Apple Watch and iPad will be announced in press release form the week of September 7, and both are claimed to be available for order soon.
It has been customary for the new Apple Watch to be unveiled at the annual fall iPhone launch event, so it would be extremely unusual if it was only a press release.
While rumors of the iPhone 12's development and mass production being delayed have been delivered often, there is no similar information about the Apple Watch (though it's always been the case with the Apple Watch that few leaks come out until just before launch), so the company may be planning to get ahead of the curve on those that are ready to be announced and launched.
However, Prosser makes a caveat that the dates could slip/change due to the staggered (two-step) release of the iPhone 12 and the uncertainty of final dates for Pro models. Regardless, we're waiting for more information, as it's been suggested that the information was obtained from an internal Apple source as "this is the info in the system".
Source: Jon Prosser (Twitter)
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.