What is the Next iPhone Release Date?

There have been a lot of rumours doing the rounds that the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic would impact on Apple’s plans for launching a new iPhone this year. As far back as February, Apple was one of the high-profile victims of the disruption caused to manufacturing in China by the initial outbreak

With key Apple suppliers having to scale back production as China imposed a strict lockdown, it was thought that Apple’s usual iPhone development pathway would be thrown off course, and we might therefore not see a new model this year.

However, iPhone fans have now had some much more positive news. Analysts with an inside track on happenings at the tech giant have reported that Apple is planning to push ahead with its now traditional September launch event. With production of the next iPhone series now believed to be back on the right track, it is expected that at least two new handsets will be unveiled initially, with two more possibly to follow later in the year.

Scaling up choice

So what can we expect from the latest incarnation of the iconic iPhone? Going by Apple’s previous naming conventions, the smart money is on the new range being called the iPhone 12 - although Apple has thrown a couple of curve balls out in the past. It is expected there will be three or four main handsets - a ‘standard’ and Pro model, with the latter boasting souped-up specifications similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. Then there could be large-form versions of both types, so an iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Max Pro.

In terms of design, the rumours are that Apple is looking to go back to the future by making the standard iPhone 12 more compact than recent models. A 5.4” screen, which would be a throwback to the time of the iPhone 4 and 5, has been suggested. But the understanding is that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Max would both feature a 6.1” screen, giving consumers a choice between a standard and high-spec model in what has become the default iPhone screen size of recent years. A 6.7” screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max would complete the options.

It is most likely that Apple will stick with OLED touchscreens, its preferred choice for its flagship models since the iPhone X. It is possible that some or all of the iPhone 12 series handsets will feature a 120Hz refresh speed, an upgrade that would bring them in line with the Samsung Galaxy S20 in delivering a faster, smoother experience.

The other main topic of conversation around the iPhone 12 series is whether or not it will support 5G. With Samsung launching the 5G-ready Galaxy S20 already, and other high-end 5G phones from the likes of OnePlus and LG available, it is hard to see how Apple can overlook 5G compatibility for another year. There is a possibility that it might make all four new models available in 4G and 5G versions, which would make it the biggest iPhone launch ever in terms of number of devices.

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