While the iPhone SE has been announced in March in both 2016 and 2020, you have to go back to the iPhone 4s’ October 2011 launch to find the last time Apple didn’t hold its annual iPhone event in September. But Apple might stick to schedule and mirror the iPhone X and iPhone XR timelines, where phones were announced in September but then didn’t ship until a month or two later.
Apple is widely expected to release four new iPhones in the autumn, all of which will introduce 5G connectivity to the iPhone for the first time. It’s likely that there will be two iPhone 12 and two iPhone 12 Pro models.
One will have a 5.4in display, two will have 6.1in and one will have a 6.7in panel. The LCD and OLED differences between the models will affect the price as will the camera systems, the two main ways Apple splits its phone lines in recent years.
“Apple usually unveils new iPhone models in mid-September and begins selling them before the end of the month. To do so, it usually ramps up mass-production in the early summer, building up inventory around August,” the report claims.
“This year, while Apple would still be building some of the new phones in the July-to-September period, the mass-production ramp-up will slide back by about a month.”
It goes on to say that Apple is also going to reduce the number of handsets it produces this year by 20% in line with changing global demand.