Eagle-eyed Redditors noticed that Apple set the launch trailer videos for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro to private on YouTube, likely in preparation for this year’s upcoming iPhones.
The news that the iPhone 12 is on the way is hardly a secret. However, Apple reporter Mark Gurman said they will not be part of Apple’s September 15 media event.
The videos’ disappearance offers a hint that Apple could tease the new iPhones sooner rather than later, though. (Then again, given Gurman’s track record, it’s certainly worth giving his reporting the benefit of the doubt!)
A look at the Apple YouTube channel shows that the “Shot on iPhone 11” videos remain up. But the launch videos are nowhere to be found.
Setting videos to private in anticipation of iPhone 12
Apple frequently sets videos of its older products to private when a replacement product comes to the market. This is done to avoid product confusion in the event that YouTube’s algorithm unearths older videos. (The downside is that it means plenty of older Apple videos risk being lost to posterity.)
This year’s iPhone 12 will reportedly sport an iPad Pro-style redesign, a new 5nm A-series chip, a lidar sensor like in the latest iPad Pros (most likely reserved for the higher-end devices) and high-speed 5G cellular modems. Apple is expected to release a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12, and 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pros. All four reportedly will come with OLED displays.
We don’t have long to wait until we find out whether iPhones will play a part in the upcoming Apple keynote. Apple’s Time Flies event streams from Apple Park at 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Sept. 15.