Persistent rumors have suggested that the iPhone 12 series won’t actually be unveiled until some time in October, so it’s possible this event could exclusively be about devices like the iPad and Apple Watch.
Well, that’s that: Apple has just announced a special event on September 15th, where it’s expected to show off plus new Apple Watches and an updated iPad.
That updated version of the Apple Watch — the Series 6 — that’s said to pack a larger battery, no Force Touch, and all of the improvements available in watchOS 7.
This year, however, Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed during the company's Q3 2020 earnings call that the new iPhones would be available "a few weeks" after the usual late-September launch window, presumably due to production and supply issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The old-school Touch ID sensor is said to be too, in favor of a new fingerprint sensor baked into the power button. (Don’t worry: Face ID almost certainly isn’t going anywhere, and was almost certainly left out here due to cost. ) Throw in an updated chipset, a proper USB-C port, and a magnetic Smart Connector for magnetically attaching accessories, and we’re left with a reasonably priced tablet that packs some nearly Pro-level flexibility.
If we’re lucky, we’ll also get our first glimpse at a new low-cost Apple Watch, which the company has allegedly been developing to replace the Series 3 as the company’s budget option.
Correction (9/8, 12:02PM): This story originally claimed that Apple would launch the iPhones on September 15th, based on the company’s track record and chatter prior to the announcement.
We published the story after Apple’s event page was updated, and it does not include the “Time Flies” tagline that invites later sent to members of the media received.
If Apple does decide to show off its new iPhones at the same time, we’re in for a long haul of an event.
Meanwhile, the event’s tagline — “Time Flies” — indicates that the Apple Watch will be the show’s major player.
Sub-6 networks are by far the most common around the world so support for that standard is a given; the real question is whether the iPhone 12s will play nice with the faster-but-rarer mmWave networks used by carriers like Verizon. (You can check out our full iPhone rumor round-up here.