New iPhones expected to be unveiled October 13


Apple confirmed what many analysts had expected: that it would introduce new editions of the iPhone on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at a virtual event.



Apple's next iPhone event


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Apple’s next iPhone event

“Hi, Speed,” is the title of the invite Apple sent Tuesday to media, but the general public is also invited to watch, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Apple’s website and YouTube channel.

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The “speed,” refers to the new iPhone models, which are expected to connect to the new, faster, wireless standard of 5G, which is rolling out nationally from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. While the current 5G in the United States is not considerably faster than 4G, and also isn’t available everywhere, it’s expected to grow substantially in the coming years and improve.

The new iPhones traditionally are released in September, but due to COVID and what it did to manufacturing, Apple earlier had announced that the iPhone release would be delayed a few weeks.

Apple still held its traditional September product reveal but devoted it to new editions of the iPad and Apple Watch and saved the iPhone for a second event.

Analysts expect Apple to release four new models of the iPhone, all with 5G. Rival Samsung has released several new Galaxy S models this year, all with 5G and Google just announced two new editions of the Pixel phone, also with 5G.

The new iPhones are expected to have 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screen on the low side, with the Pro models clocking in with a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display. That would make the 6.7 inch model the largest iPhone ever. The current iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5 inch screen.

Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, believes Apple will sell between 75 million to 80 million of the new iPhones this year.

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