Apple has announced it will be holding a virtual launch event next week to unveil the highly-anticipated iPhone 12 which will be the company’s first 5G device.
The event kicks off at 10am October 13 (4am October 14 AEDT) and will be streamed from the Apple Park campus in Cupertino.
With this timeline, it is expected the iPhone 12 pre-order will kick off on Friday October 16 and go on sale on October 23.
The invitation sent to media read: “Hi, Speed” with the Apple logo inside circles of various sizes.
This title – a pun on “high speed” – is in reference to the fact the iPhone 12 will have 5G connectivity which will make it the fastest iPhone ever on the 5G networks.
Apple will reveal the new iPhone 12 which sports an all-new more angular design with straight edges replacing the curves.
There is also expected to be up to four new iPhone 12 models with three screen sizes – 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch.
Reports suggest the phones will be called iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
But the biggest change is the fact that some of the new iPhone 12 models – probably the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – will also be 5G.
Telstra and Optus are already jostling for position in anticipation of the October 23 release as the each of the telcos’ 5G networks continue to expand.
Customers will no doubt want to use the new faster 5G iPhone on a network that has the widest 5G coverage.
On the camera side there will be a triple camera system on the Pro models and likely on the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 a similar dual camera system as seen with the iPhone 11.
There have been no shortage of rumours about the iPhone 12 in 2020.
The biggest news was the release delay – a result of the COVID pandemic which shut factories and severely affected the supply chain.
Usually Apple releases its new iPhone at the end of September but this year it will be the end of October.
There has also been a suggestion the iPhone 12 will follow the path of the iPad Pro and redesigned iPad Air and ditch the Lightning port for a USB-C port.
There will be a charging cable in the iPhone 12 box but there will be no actual charger with Apple expecting customers to use their existing charger or a third-party charger or wireless charging.
This move by Apple is being seen as a cost-cutting move and, more importantly for Apple, an environmental decision with millions of these power bricks produced over the years sitting in boxes and drawers and many ending up in landfill.
After seeing new colours recently introduced with the Apple Watch and iPad Air we can also expect to see some new colours with the iPhone 12 including blue and perhaps even green.
Stay tuned to Tech Guide for all the news and announcements from the launch event.