09/12 update below. This post was originally published on September 9th
The iPhone 12 launch is officially late and won’t be part of Apple’s newly announced September 15th event. But now his (already complicated) arrival took another unexpected turn.
Digitimes has dealt a blow to fans of Apple’s newly shrunk iPhone 12 and the oversized iPhone 12 Pro Max, confirming that both models will enter a second phase with the (newly renamed) 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus and 6.1 – Inch iPhone 12 Pro starts with priority. In addition, the gap between the first and second stage releases could be up to six weeks, which could push the start of the latter back to November.
09/10 update: in a new research report by AppleInsiderJP Morgan analysts have announced that Apple could announce the new iPhone 12 range at its Watch event on September 15th. The company also assumes that certain iPhone 12 models, which can be shipped until mid-October, can only experience “modest delays”. Industry analysts now seem to agree on the new iPhone 12 range with a split version, but which models come first remains a point of contention. Interestingly, JP Morgan also believes that both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have the faster mmWave 5G standard, despite recent fears that the The iPhone 12 Pro is going to miss it. It is hope that kills you.
09/12 update: Digitimes continued its original report with more iPhone 12 leaks revealing a brand new 7P lens module. The iPhone 11 Pro has a 6P lens for its primary and telephoto cameras and a 5P lens for the ultra-wide camera. Increasing the number of elements in a camera lens tends to result in a significant improvement in image quality. Since significantly larger sensors are also expected with the iPhone 12 range, this may be another big year for iPhone photography. This is the first time I’ve heard of a 7P lens for this generation, but after the iPhone 12 series successfully brought iPhones back to the forefront of smartphone photography, this – along with Apple’s exceptional image processing – could lead to it that they shoot in first place.
Digitimes explains that shipments of SLP motherboards for the 6.1-inch models began in July, but shipments for the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones were suspended until the second half of August. Interestingly, Digitimes originally announced this change last month, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman subsequently shot it down, but Digitimes has now repeated the split thanks to its source. This timescale also fits in with prolific Apple insider Jon Prosser’s claim that some iPhone 12 models may not be available until November.
Is it worth the wait for the new iPhones? It will depend a lot on what you prioritize in a phone. Highlights include the edgy new design, exciting A14 performance, mysterious magnetic charging, and (relatively) affordable prices. The downside is that Apple is likely to downgrade batteries and remove accessories while doubts remain about the inclusion of high refresh rate displays.
To me, the hot-tipped iPhone 12 Pro is just a better buy for 4G when it hits the market next year thanks to a much cheaper price point and longer battery life. But it takes a lot of willpower for most Apple fans to skip the holiday season.
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