In a blow to fans of Apple's recently shrunk iPhone 12 and supersized iPhone 12 Pro Max, Digitimes confirmed that both models will be pushed into a ‘second stage’ with the (newly renamed) 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro launches prioritized. Also, the gap between the first and second stage launches releases could be up to six weeks, which may delay the latter's launch as far back as November.
In a new research note seen by AppleInsider, analysts JP Morgan revealed that Apple may announce the new iPhone 12 lineup at its September 15 Watch-focused event. The company also believes there may be "a modest magnitude of delays" with certain iPhone 12 models ready to ship in mid-October. Industry analysts seem to be united now regarding the new iPhone 12 lineup which has a split release, but which models come first are still in dispute. Interestingly, JP Morgan also believes that both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a faster 5G mmWave 5G standard despite recent fears that the iPhone 12 Pro will miss out. It's the hope that kills you.
Digitimes has followed up on their original report with more iPhone 12 leaks that reveal an all-new 7P lens module. The iPhone 11 Pro has a 6P lens for the main and telephoto cameras, and a 5P lens for the ultra-wide camera. An increase in the number of elements on the camera lens tends to result in a noticeable improvement in image quality and with the iPhone 12 range also expected with significantly larger sensors, this could be another milestone year for iPhone photography. This is the first time I've heard of this generation's 7P lens, but after the iPhone 12 series has brought iPhones to the top of the smartphone photography table, this, combined with exceptional image processing from Apple, you can now see it take the top spot.
Digitimes explains that SLP shipments for the 6.1-inch models started in July, but shipments of 5.4 and 6.7-inch iPhones were suspended until the second half of August. Interestingly, Digitimes originally led this change last month and Bloomberg's Mark Gorman dropped it, but Digitimes has now repeated the split thanks to its source. This timeline also dovetails with Apple's John Prosser claim that some iPhone 12 models may arrive in late November.
So is the new iPhones worth the wait? It will largely depend on the priorities you set on the phone. Notable features include its exciting new design, the A14 exciting performance, mysterious magnetic charge, and (relatively) affordable prices. The flip side is that Apple seems ready to cut down on its batteries and remove accessories, while there are still doubts about its inclusion of high-refresh-rate displays.
For me, the iPhone 12 Pro with only 4G will be the best buy when it launches next year, thanks to a much lower price and longer battery life. But most Apple fans would need a lot of willpower to get through the Christmas period.