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iPhone 12 and new iPads in October? This sometimes-right Apple leaker thinks so

Apple iPhone 12
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The iPhone 12 is still coming this year, but Apple is launching its first 5G phone a bit later than usual – alongside new iPads – according to a sometimes-right leaker.

October is when Apple leaker Jon Prosser suspects the iPhone 12 and iPad 2020 will arrive, and if true, it invalidates the September 8 launch date that's floating around.

The tweet offers no context as to whether October will be the reveal month or the ship-to-customers month (it may be both), but an iPhone 12 delay makes sense. 

It's likely more than just a supply chain issue: many Apple Stores remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and, importantly, given the economic uncertainty, people may not want to rush out and upgrade to expensive new iPhones in September.

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Is this a credible iPhone 12 leak?

Apple doesn't officially comment on its planned launch events until about two weeks beforehand. So we may not know if the September 8 date is null and void until the end of this month, and the October date may not be revealed until mid-September.

Prosser has been responsible for some bold, inevitably proven accurate leaks – new MacBook Pro 13-inch and iPhone SE 2020 timings were right – but his WWDC 2020 predictions were off: iOS 14 wasn't called iPhoneOS and AirPower isn't coming back.

The iPhone 12 launch event – which will almost certainly be digital and not in person – seems to be a moving target at this point, one that's situated between two months, with the latter timeframe becoming more believable by the day.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.