Apple normally introduces each year’s new iPhone model at a September event, but the iPhone was clearly missing from Apple’s September 15 event this year. The event focused on other products, including a new iPad and a new Apple Watch.
Now Apple has announced an October 1
The announcement does not mention the iPhone specifically, but it is a sure bet that Apple will introduce the new iPhone 12 series at the event. And we have a lot of information from fairly reliable sources about Apple’s new phones. This is how Ars Technica’s Sam Axon described the expected lineup last month:
Apple will announce four iPhones: two successors to the iPhone 11 in two different sizes, and one successor each to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. All signs point to a major redesign across the board – the first since the iPhone X was introduced in 2017 – which will include flat metallic edges similar to the latest iPad Pro models, or iPhone 4 and 5.
These phones come in three different sizes. The largest of the iPhone 11 successors and the smallest of the iPhone 11 Pro successors would have 6.1-inch screens, while the smallest iPhone 11 successor would have a 5.4-inch screen – the smallest iPhone since the iPhone 5S and the original iPhone SE. Finally, an iPhone 11 Pro Max successor will have a very large 6.7-inch screen.
The reports claim that the two cheaper models will have aluminum edges, while the two more expensive ones will have stainless steel.
Reports indicate that the phones will likely have Apple’s new high-performance A14 chipset and a super-fast 5G wireless modem. These changes may explain the slogan “Hello, speed”. Apple may also introduce a short-range lidar sensor on the back of some iPhone models – just as the company did with the iPad Pro earlier this year.