We knew that Apple's iPhone 12 event would be later than usual – with an October date instead of the usual September launch a given – but the iPhone 12 pre-order date has leaked, promising the launch event on Tuesday October 13, with pre-orders starting on Friday October 16.
If that's accurate about the date, we'd expect to see Apple send out invitations today, confirming it once and for all.
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Apple leaker Jon Prosser (opens in new tab) has been pretty forthcoming with his knowledge of Apple's plans over the past few months, and has confirmed the dates from the pre-order rumor, as well as sharing the product release date, which he says will be Friday, October 23.
Lines up with the dates I have you last month 👀I was told:Event October 13Pre-orders on 16In stores on 23 https://t.co/9umqJqSzwq pic.twitter.com/fOt5eLzcBPSeptember 23, 2020
All of these dates line up with Prosser's prior predictions, which have been bolstered by fellow leaker Evan Blass, who shared a screenshot of an email from a network operator that cited the date that iPhone 12 pre-orders will close, although it seemed to be off by a couple of days, in light of Apple's usual release schedule.
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Prosser also doubled down on the staggered release, saying that while the Pro models will be unveiled at the event, they won't launch until November.
The iPhone 12 may have a hard time competing with Android offerings in the same window – especially if it's only the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 debuting in November.
OnePlus is set to unveil the OnePlus 8T on October 14 (opens in new tab) and Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE launches on October 2. We'll have to wait and see if fans will hold out for the premium models, or opt for a more affordable Android that rivals the base iPhone 12 models' prices while offsetting it with surprisingly impressive specs.
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