The JP Morgan report, seen by AppleInsider, goes against the popular consensus amid leaks and rumors that next week’s event will be about the Apple Watch 6. As Samik Chatterjee writes in the report: “Do not rule out the possibility of a joint announcement of the launch for Watch, iPad and iPhone on 15 September.”
“Apple has talked about a delay of a few weeks for iPhones relative to its specific shipping schedule on previous earnings calls,” Chatterjee said. “However, the press reports … indicate delays starting in mid-September and moderating manufacturing should the company be in a position to ship some iPhone SKUs in mid-October,”
Essentially, the report argues that if Apple is able to regain lost time earlier in the year, it is possible that at least some models could be made in stores in October. We have heard similar rumors before, some claiming the iPhone 12 Pro Max will arrive later, others say it will be the Pro Max and the basic iPhone 12 that will arrive late.
JPMorgan also claims that only the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature mmWave 5G. While all models are considered sub-6GHz compatible, only the two most expensive iPhone 12 versions will work faster with the 5G standard. mmWave 5G is used by Verizon in the US and other countries around the world, but not currently in the UK
As claimed by Chatterjee and other rumors, the launch of the Apple Watch 6 and a new iPad at the Apple event next week will be considered an iPad Air 4 rather than a refreshed basic iPad or iPad Pro. Chatterjee has also mentioned the rumored Apple services bundle, which will combine Apple News, TV and Music under the same banner.
The iPhone 12 range, which is made up of four different handsets, will be the first device to use Apple’s A14 chipset. Another first will be that the full range will use OLED displays instead of a mix of OLED and LCD panels. Larger iPhone 12 Pro models are expected to add on a new LiDAR depth sensor for enhanced versatility when it comes to camera effects and AR apps. We can get our first glimpse on these phones as soon as next week, so stay tuned for more.