Apple usually releases its new iPhones in September each year. However, with all the troubles in 2020, this may not happen this year. According to previous reports, due to tight supply, the launch of the next-generation iPhone 12 series will be postponed to October or November this year. Now, Qualcomm’s recent statement hints that at least some iPhone 12 models will not be available in September as usual.
Today, Qualcomm announced its third-quarter financial report and also shared some expectations for the next quarter. In this report, the company claims that the delay of a 5G flagship phone will affect its Q4 shipments. It is worthy of note that Qualcomm’s Q4 covers July, August, and September sales. With this statement, there are speculations that the “5G flagship Phone” is the iPhone 12 series.
In addition, Qualcomm’s CFO, Akash Palkhiwala, also hints that some of Qualcomm’s 5G chips are ready to ship in September. However, the buyer delays the shipment until the end of the year. Although Qualcomm did not mention the names of any company, there are a couple of reasons why many believe that it is referring to Apple.
For starters, Apple’s flagships are one of the few devices with a probably launch date in Septemeber. Secondly, there is barely any other flagship whose purchase will significantly affect Qualcomm’s shipment.
After reaching a $4.5 billion settlement last year, Apple is expected to announce four new iPhone 12 models that support 5G networks this year. All the 5G iPhones will arrive with Qualcomm modems. These iPhone 12 models will include support for two versions of 5G: sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G. However, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, recent reports claim that the iPhone 12 series will be released at the end of October or early November.
SPECULATIONS ON THE IPHONE 12 SERIES AND OTHER APPLE DEVICES
Rumors say that Apple will release four iPhone 12s this year. This includes the “budget” 5.4-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and 6.8-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. There are also reports that all four models will use OLED displays and support 5G. These will be the first set of 5G smartphones from Apple. The low-end models will use dual rear cameras and 4GB RAM, while the Pro models should come with triple rear camera setup. The Pro models will also come with 6GB of RAM and a 120Hz ProMotion display.
There are also reports that the iPhone 12 series will have a 4G version. According to the report, this smartphone has a 5.4-inch and a 6.1-inch LCD model. They both support the 4G LTE network, A14 Bionic chip, built-in 4GB RAM, and a dual 12MP camera. In terms of price, while the 5.4 inches cost $549, the 6.1 inches will sell for $649. The $549 starting price seems to be a good deal considering that last year’s iPhone 11 has a $699 starting price. This means that the iPhone 12 4G is about $150 cheaper than its predecessor.