That may sound a bit obvious. But if you look back at Apple’s the iPhone release timelines over the past couple of years, launching all three iPhones in September would actually be a break from its recent history.
- Take the iPhone X lineup as an example. Apple debuted the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X in September 2017, but the iPhone X didn’t actually ship until November.
- Last year’s iPhone XS, XS Max
andXR were all announced concurrently, but the iPhone XR actually launched a few months after its OLED stablemates.
Now, a new prediction from Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives suggests that this year will be different.
The analyst said a recent supply chain check reveled that Apple will release all three 2019 iPhones in September. If that’s accurate, it’ll mark the first year that Apple has launched three flagship model iPhones in the same month.
On the other hand, Ives suggests that all three iPhones will debut in the second week of September. Based on the current information, that seems a bit early. The new iPhones will probably actually become available on Friday, Sept. 20, after an announcement sometime during the week of Sept. 9.
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The three iPhones will be direct successors to last year’s models: an LCD “iPhone 11” and two OLED “iPhone 11 Pro” devices. While the official monikers have not been revealed, a recent report suggests that one of the devices could bear the “Pro” name attached to many other Apple products.
As far as what they’ll look like, expect incremental upgrades.
The OLED models are likely to sport a triple-lens camera setup, while the LCD model will be bumped up to a dual-lens setup.
They’re also expected to have two-way wireless charging, new indoor navigation features, a bigger battery
In his analyst note, Ives also said that he would expect Apple to absorb any tariffs made this year. (Although a planned 10 percent tariffs on many Chinese imports has reportedly been delayed.)
On the other hand, if the trade war extends into the long-term, Ives said he expects Apple to raise prices on iPhones and other products.