Apple announced a new product launch event on Oct. 13, where it’s expected to reveal the next model of the iPhone. The event starts at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and will be streamed online due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus. The events are usually hosted in person at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The press invite says “Hi, Speed,” suggesting the rumors of 5G iPhones are true, since 5G is a next-generation cellular network that promises faster data speeds for things such as downloading and streaming games and movies.
Apple typically announces new iPhones in September, but the company had previously warned that this year’s new iPhones would be delayed, likely due to production delays related to the coronavirus. Apple CFO Luca Maestri warned of the postponement during Apple’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call in July. “As you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in September,” he said. “This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later.”
Apple is expected to announce four new iPhone 12 models this year, including two “regular” iPhone 12 devices and two iPhone 12 Pro models. They’re expected to have new designs with sharper edges around the corners, similar to Apple’s new iPad Air and the iPad Pro.
The new design will be similar to 2010′s iPhone 4, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a leading Apple analyst. Screen sizes include a 5.4-inch model, which may be called the iPhone mini, according to some rumors, two with 6.1-inch screens and a big model with a 6.7-inch display, according to Kuo, who also said that Apple won’t include headphones or a charger in the box.
Bloomberg reported in April that the iPhone 12 Pro models will have a new 3D lidar sensor for augmented reality, and three new cameras. The lidar sensor first launched in the latest iPad Pro models earlier this year.