Apple’s upcoming iPhone comes at an unprecedented time for the technology giant, after disruption to its supply chain amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
The iPhone 12 – the rumoured name for the new phone – will succeed the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro as the flagship smartphone in Apple’s line up.
The new device is expected to come with changes to Face ID, improved camera and screen technology and a much bigger battery. It is also expected to come with 5G – faster network technology that will make downloads quicker.
When the new model launches, it will come with Apple’s latest iOS 14 software, while Apple is also expected to launch a new bundle of its subscription products for TV, music and games. Apple is rumoured to have ordered 75 million new phones in anticipation of orders for the latest generation of devices.
In addition to the new iPhone, Apple is gearing up to launch a slew of other devices including a new iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod and over-ear headphones, according to Bloomberg.
The company has faced a turbulent market on its road to a launch day amid delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is everything we know so far about the iPhone 12.
When will the iPhone 12 be released?
Apple normally launches its premium iPhone range in September, although its iPhone X had a later release date in November. It also released its cheaper iPhone SE in April.
This year, however, the iPhone launch could be delayed by weeks. Instead, Apple may have several launch events.
The company has sent out invites for an online event on Tuesday September 12th, where it is expected to unveil its latest Apple Watch. The event will be streamed from the company’s website starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (6pm BST).
It will be only online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That follows Apple’s developers conference in June, which worked well as a virtual event.
The event announcement on Apple’s website doesn’t have its typical tag line that hints at what is to be announced. But the invitation to media says “Time Flies,” indicating the announcement is related to the Apple Watch.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims that he’s been tipped that the iPhone 12 won’t launch until October.
There have been concerns of siginficant delays in recent months. Apple said in its latest earnings call in July that the next iPhone would likely to be released in October because of production delays caused by the pandemic.
“Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” Apple’s chief financial officer Luca Maestri said.
Mr Maestri’s comments follow months of speculation about production delays to the new iPhones. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s production ramp up is now expected to come a month later than usual, due to disruption to factories in China.
And reports from Japan say Apple is asking its manufacturers to overcome delays of up to two months to get the iPhone out on time.