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This article was published on October 6, 2020

Apple to reveal the new iPhone on October 13

Apple to reveal the new iPhone on October 13
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Apple has finally sent out the invites for its iPhone reveal event, set to happen on October 13. We’ll likely be seeing the latest round of iPhones, tentatively called the iPhone 12, at the event, though anything else is up in the air. Apple teased the event with the line “Hi, Speed” on the invitation.

Yes, it turns out that rumored date was correct. It also matches up with the info leaked in August that suggested the Apple Watch and iPad would be revealed in September ahead of an October iPhone reveal.

We don’t know much about the iPhone 12 so far, but the rumor is that we could see up to four new phones at the event. These have been tentatively called the iPhone 12 (5.4 in), the iPhone 12 Max (6.1 in), the iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 in), and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (a whopping 6.7 in). Other likely announcements include 5G support and a new chassis design that somewhat resembles the iPhone 4. Another detail purportedly leaked is that the new iPhones will be released at different times. Pre-orders for the two iPhone 12s (vanilla and Max) will allegedly go live during the show and ship the next week, while pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro devices won’t go live until some time in November.

It’s not clear whether we’ll see any other hardware at the event, but most of it will undoubtedly be iPhone-centric. There are rumors we’ll see some new over-ear AirPods Studio headphones, the AirTag Bluetooth trackers, and potentially a smaller HomePod. There’s also a chance we could see the new “Apple Silicon” Macs, which were supposed to release some time this year.

This is later than Apple usually reveals its new phones — September is usually its favored launch month. However, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the major hardware reveal has been delayed, though Apple did hold an event in September, where it revealed new Apple Watches, new iPads, and Apple Air. Just like that event, the event will be completely virtual. The event will begin at 10 am PDT, and we’ll be watching the whole thing.

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