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Apple announces September 15 event but it may not be for iPhone 12 launch

Apple is anticipated to launch at least four iPhone models but what could tag along include new iPad models and new Apple Watch models.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | September 9, 2020 | Updated 10:28 IST

Highlights

  • The iPhone 12 series is said to have at least four models with a 5.7-inch variant at the base.
  • Apple could also launch iPad and Apple Watch models later this month.
  • The iPhone 12 event could be purely online given the current situation.

Apple has formally announced it is holding an event on the 15th of September. The event is dubbed "Time Flies" that Apple revealed moments after the news about the launch date broke. It took us and some experts moments to deduce that the September 15 event might not be about the iPhone 12 after all. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is positive it is going to be focused on the Apple Watch Series 6 and maybe iPad Air models, because of the "time" and flies" words.

It is something that we can chew on because Apple had hinted there could be delays to the iPhone 12 launch this year at its earnings call. It cited disruptions in the supply chain that might have pushed back the launch date for the next-generation 5G iPhone to October. We are not sure what Apple has in store but going by the wide speculation seems reasonable at the moment.

Apple Watch Series 6, which is going to be the highlight of the event likely, is said to some with blood oxygen monitoring features over and above new workout regimes and full-scale support for anything related to the coronavirus pandemic. At the WWDC this year, Apple hinted at some of these features arriving with the watchOS 7.

Per the rumours, there will be a 5.4-inch iPhone with an LCD, two 6.1-inch iPhone - one with an LCD and the other one with an OLED panel, and finally, a flagship-level 6.7-inch iPhone model. The iPhone series is expected to come with the anticipated 5G connectivity that will catapult Apple to join the likes of Samsung, LG, Google, Huawei, and OnePlus among others. Basically, Apple is perhaps the only heavyweight from the tech industry to not have a 5G handset yet.

Moreover, the iPhone 12 series is said to come with displays with high refresh rate -- something that has become a mainstay on smartphones this year. A Rs 13k smartphone has a 90Hz refresh rate and it would make sense for Apple to finally catch up with the industry. Rumours have suggested there will be a 120Hz ProMotion display on the flagship iPhone models while the affordable ones might skip the feature. It will be interesting to see where the 5.7-inch iPhone will be positioned with the iPhone SE 2020 already out and flourishing in the market.

We will see the announcements later this month, so stay tuned.

This article has been updated to include more information about the Apple's September 15 event where iPhone 12 series is unlikely. A previous version speculated iPhone 12 launch since Apple usually launches them in the month of September.

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