On the eve of the Apple event on September 15, another investor note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo surfaced. He anticipates that all iPhone 12 notches will remain the same size – with the exception of the 5.4-inch model, which has a ‘slightly narrower notch area’ to display more information in the upper left and upper right corners 9to5Mac.
He also assumes that we won’t get a refresh rate of 120Hz on any of the four expected iPhone 12 models – mainly because 5G has already affected battery life and adding such a high refresh rate would have seriously hurt the user, ”wrote Kuo allegedly. However, those 120Hz screens could join the iPhone 13 lineup in 2021
Kuo’s other expectations are in line with previous rumors: the iPad Air 4 will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor in its lock button, and the Apple Watch 6 will receive blood oxygen support (presumably via a sensor like the SpO2 sensors that have popped up in other wearables like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3). Otherwise, the latest Apple Watch has a similar form factor to its predecessor, the Apple Watch 5.
Kuo says more iPads will incorporate Touch ID into their lock / power buttons in 2021, but it’s unclear whether that will affect both the standard iPad line and the iPad Pro tablets.
Kuo: Mass production for tablets will not start until September, for phones in October
Kuo’s other expectations relate to delivery dates – and it looks like no iPhone 12 models will roll off the assembly line by October. According to the tip from 9to5Mac, the iPhone 12 Max (presumably the 6.1-inch model) will start production in mid-October, while the iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch) and iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch ) will begin mass production in late October.
In addition, there will appear to be different waves of production depending on 5G compatibility: the above windows for mass production apply to the 5G versions below 6 – and interestingly, Kuo has predicted that all four will come with 5G – while versions that use mmWave Support 5G, unspecified will follow windows.
As for the iPad Air 4 and Apple Watch 6, both of Kuo will be proud to start mass production in mid-September, but with no expectations for shipping.