More evidence that iPhone 12 may turn up later than hoped

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The iPhone 12 is likely to ship to ship in October, rather than the usual September iPhone launch time frame, claim a report published Monday by Digitimes.

This would seem to back up a separate recent report from increasingly authoritative Apple leaker Jon Prosser. Prosser also suggested an October, rather than September, launch for the new iPhone.

Plenty of things can, of course, change in four to five months, as 2020 has continuously reminded us. However, in order for Apple to have enough iPhones to ship in Q3, it typically starts volume production several months earlier.

Digitimes notes that volume production is likely to take place between July and August. Usually, iPhone mass production starts a little earlier than this. That suggests the reports of a delay could be accurate. This delay is due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which hit Apple manufacturers at the start of 2020.

Apple often has a couple of keynote events at the end of each year. There is often a September one dedicated to iPhone and an October one dedicated to iPad. In theory, Apple could either keep the event in September and ship a bit later or delay the whole thing until October, with shipping taking place soon after.

What can fans expect from the iPhone 12?

Apple will reportedly ship four iPhones this year. These include a standard-tier 5.4-inch handset and 6.1-inch handset, and a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro. All models will feature a redesigned chassis and OLED displays. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro will have an improved LiDAR camera setup like the one in the latest iPad Pro. The handsets will be the first in Apple history to 5G capabilities.

Which iPhone, if any, are you planning to get this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.