The iPhone 12 release could be staggered, with certain models going on sale before others, a new report from Digitimes suggests.
This year, Apple is expected to release four iPhone models. These are likely to include a regular iPhone 12 in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch models, and an iPhone 12 Pro in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch variants.
Provided Monday’s report is accurate, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has released iPhones in a staggered manner. For example, in 2017, Apple released the iPhone 8 in September, followed by the iPhone X in November. The following year, Apple released the iPhone XS and XS Max in September, followed by the iPhone XR in October. Last year, Apple released all its iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models together.
Strangely, Monday’s Digitimes report says Apple could release its two 6.1-inch iPhone models together, followed by the 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch models. That would mean one iPhone 12 and one iPhone 12 Pro model together, then the same at a later date. That could confuse customers.
Apple already said this year’s iPhones will be delayed slightly. During last week’s earnings call, Apple revealed that the handsets will go on sale “a few weeks” later than the usual mid-September launch.
This year’s iPhones reportedly will bring an iPad Pro-style redesign, a 5nm A-series chip, faster 5G connectivity and more. It remains unclear what will separate the iPhone 12 Pro from the regular iPhone 12 models. However, it seems likely that the iPhone 12 Pro could be the only models to come with Apple’s rumored lidar sensor.
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