Apple is reportedly preparing to unveil its next-generation iPhone. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your smartphone for a while, it’s worth postponing your purchase for a few more days to see what the latest model has in stock. But how long do you have to wait? When is the big launch event coming?
Well, Apple hasn’t announced the details of its next hardware event yet, so Express.co.uk has set up a deerstalker and is trying to figure out when that important date will fall. Apple usually unveils the new iPhone, launches pre-orders, and ships the first units to stores in September. However, the event did not take place until October 13th last year due to delays caused by the pandemic.
According to prominent (and very reliable) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is returning to its usual September release window this year.
On a screenshot of a popular e-commerce app in China, the successors to the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max with an order date of September 17th are listed a little more weight on the leak than Apple usually does Pre-orders will open and general sale will open on two consecutive Fridays following its keynote presentation.
Another report from YouTube show Front Page Tech, which has a pretty solid track record of detailing Apple’s unannounced products, confirms the date above. According to sources speaking to the show, the iPhone 13 will hit store shelves worldwide on Sept. 24, with pre-orders a week early on Sept.
Looking back at previous iPhone launch events, the pattern is easy to see …
- IPhone 6s launch: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
- iPhone 7 launch: Wednesday September 7, 2016
- IPhone X launched: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
- iPhone XS Launch: Wednesday September 12, 2018
- IPhone 11 launch: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
- Apple Watch 6 / iPad launch: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Assuming the leaked pre-order and in-store launch dates are correct – and admittedly there is no guarantee – we expect Apple to make its next announcement on Tuesday, September 14th or Wednesday, September 15th, 2021. Pre-orders would then become available a few days later, and those with the fastest fingers in the online store would take their shiny new iPhone orders the following Friday.
Starting September 24th, customers can go to the store to get their hands on the new models, trade in older devices, sign up for the iPhone upgrade program, and much more.
And what about the iPhone itself? The iPhone 13 is widely used to have the same overall design as the iPhone 12, with flat, highly polished edges and a glass back. The Face ID system has reportedly shrunk so the notch takes up less space from the all-screen design.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will have the same high refresh rate of 120Hz as the iPad Pro range, while the two cameras on the back of the iPhone 13 will be positioned diagonally, sources claim. There are rumors of new colors including pink, but there is still no consensus on what the line-up would include.
As always, the latest iPhone models will hit the market with the next iteration of Apple’s iOS 15 mobile operating system. First announced during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference June, the successor to iOS 14 offers an update for notifications that allows you to change which apps can bother you, depending on whether you are at work, at home or in the gym, for example. These categories, known as Focus, are synced across all devices so your iPad won’t ring for business calls even on the weekend.
iOS 15 also allows iPhone owners to make FaceTime calls to Android and Windows through a web link, noise cancellation to prevent background noise from ruining your FaceTime audio or video calls, photos are grouped into albums in messages, and new adjustments for Memoji characters.