Possible iPhone 12/Pro 5G & Apple Watch Series 6 announcement and release dates leak
Apple iPhone 12 Pro concept render
UPDATE: Jon Prosser has now published 'adjusted' Apple announcement, pre-order, and release dates for the iPhone 12 series, Apple Watch Series 6, and iPad (8th-gen). The updated story continues below:
Apple recently confirmed that it will be releasing the iPhone 12 series a few weeks later than usual. Now, Jon Prosser has published the announcement, pre-order, and shipment dates of the fall lineup of Apple products. Do note, however, that these dates could change due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
The Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad (8th-gen)
Apple typically unveils new iPad and Apple Watch models alongside iPhone models in September, but the delay of the latter means that this year the other two products will be going it alone in September.
Prosser has heard from sources that Apple plans to unveil the iPad (8th-gen) and Apple Watch Series 6 during the week commencing September 7. But rather than holding a massive press conference as it usually does, these two devices will reportedly be going official via press release.
There is no word yet about when pre-orders and shipments for these two products will kick off, but it shouldn't be too long after the introduction. The iPhone SE (2020) was announced via press release and hit shelves the following week.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max
The new iPhone 12 series will undoubtedly be the highlight of Apple's 2020 product lineup. But due to the impact of COVID-19 on the development process, the devices will be unveiled at a press conference in the week commencing October 12.
Furthermore, not all models will be shipping at the same time. The standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max, which will act as the so-called budget flagships, should be available to pre-order the same week ahead of a launch in the week commencing October 19.
Apple iPhone 12 concept render
That launch timeline coincides perfectly with what Apple itself confirmed only a few weeks ago. For those of you interested in pricing, early reports suggest the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will be priced at $649 and $749 respectively in the United States with 128GB of storage as standard.
The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
Anybody interested in the premium iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max flagships looks set to have an even longer wait on their hands. Weeks after shipments of the standard iPhone 12 models start, the Cupertino giant is apparently going to open up pre-orders for the two iPhone 12 Pro models.
Jon Prosser says this will happen in November ahead of a release later in the month. No exact date is available at this stage, but it ultimately means that the iPhone 12 Pro launch will be the latest in Apple's entire history. The iPhone X currently holds that record with its November 3, 2017 release date.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro concept render
As for pricing, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max look set to retail at $999 and $1,099 each in the United States.
The AirPower and AirTags launch dates remain a mystery
Jon Prosser made no mention of any other devices, but several reports indicate Apple may unveil AirTags and AirPower alongside the next iPhone models. These devices have been rumored for several months but are yet to be attached to specific pre-order and shipment dates.
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