iPhone 12 delayed, tipped to be launched after October 12
Apple's flagship iPhones, which are usually announced in September, are likely to go official in October this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. According to analyst Jon Prosser, the tech giant will unveil the iPhone 12 series in the week commencing October 12. However, the updated Apple Watch and iPad will be launched via press release around September 7. Here's our roundup.
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)
Prosser claims that the pre-orders for the iPhone 12 models will commence soon after the launch event and shipping will begin around October 19. However, the high-end iPhone 12 Pro variants will be released in November. He notes that this information is "in the system," but the dates could "slip/change" considering the "staggered release of iPhone 12 and uncertainty of dates for Pro models."
According to previous leaks, the upcoming iPhone 12 line-up will include two standard models and two Pro variants. The regular iPhone 12 series will bear OLED screens, 5G modems, dual rear cameras, and the regular Face ID setup. The high-end Pro models will feature high refresh rate OLED screens, triple rear cameras, a LiDAR sensor, 5G-ready chipsets, and a smaller display notch.
As per leaks, the vanilla iPhone 12 will cost $649 (Rs. 48,500) for the 5.4-inch model and $749 (Rs. 56,000) for the 6.1-inch variant. The Pro range will start at $999 (Rs. 75,000) for the 6.1-inch version and $1,099 (Rs. 82,000) for the 6.7-inch variant.
Apple is expected to announce the new Apple Watch Series 6 and an updated iPad in September. The upcoming wearable will certainly offer better battery life and upgraded internals including 5G support. The details about the tablet are scarce as of now, but we expect the tech giant to release a refreshed iPad Air with an updated design and bumped-up hardware.