On the first day of this month, we told you that the 6.7-inch Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max and 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 12 Pro were going to be produced starting next month. For those of you who have lost track of time sitting at home and watching Two and a Half Men repeats, that would be July. Digitimes reports today (via MacRumors) that the Engineering Validation and Testing (EVT) for the 2020 5G iPhone 12 models will be completed at the end of this month. That will allow production of the new handsets to begin in July.
While Digitimes says that all four iPhone models will start assembly at the same time and will be unveiled in September, it isn’t clear whether all of them will be released at the same time. In September 2017, Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 series and the iPhone X on the same date but the latter wasn’t launched until November 3rd of that year. The following year, Apple introduced the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max on the same date in September; however, the iPhone XR wasn’t released until October 26, 2018. Last year, all three models were introduced and launched together.
Apple is expected to start production of its new phones next month
Ming-Chi Kuo, the TF International analyst who seemingly has access to Tim Cook’s brain, has said that the Pro models with support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G signals will be delayed because of antenna-in-package design changes needed for the faster mmWave signals. Kuo says that the standard iPhone 12 models will work with sub-6GHz 5G only. If this is true, the lack of widespread mmWave 5G in the U.S. might give you a reason to put off upgrading your iPhone until 2021’s iPhone 13 family if 5G is your main reason for upgrading. That’s because Verizon, working mainly with mmWave spectrum, will only have 5G in 60 markets by the end of this year in the best-case scenario. While T-Mobile offers nationwide 5G, this is accomplished through the use of its 600MHz low-band airwaves; only a small part of the country is covered by T-Mobile’s mmWave signals. As a result, those in the states purchasing the iPhone 12 Pro models might face limited areas where they will have 5G service regardless of which model they buy and which carrier they use.