4G-only iPhone 12 may launch in Spring 2021

The rumor: Following the announcement of four new iPhone 12 models this Fall, Apple will release another, lower-end model in the Spring, according to Fast Company (57.9% accurate).

  • The new model wouldn’t be equipped with a 5G in order to cut costs and offer the unit at a lower price
  • A release date in Spring 2021 echoes a Wedbush Securities (100% accurate) report from last month

Our take: This is likely this ‘iPhone SE Plus’ that we’ve heard rumblings about with an all-screen design and 5.5-6.1-inch display. The iPhone 6 design is incredibly dated now, and while it got the pass in 2020, it won’t be very competitive next year: que the 4g-only iPhone 12.

Only iPhone 12 Pro Max may get fastest 5G

The rumor: While all iPhone 12 models will support sub-6Hz 5G, only the iPhone 11 Pro Max will support the faster mmWave standard, according to Fast Company (57.9% accurate).

  • “Only the largest phone in the line has room inside for the special antenna…and larger battery needed” due to more intense mmWave power drain
  • The mmWave iPhone 11 Pro Max will only be available in the United States, Korea and Japan

Our take: The more we hear about this year’s iPhone lineup, the more I feel like there’s no clear vision for what these phones are meant to be. Some are launching before others. Some have good 5G and one has great 5G. All are said to ship with the same notch from 2017 and not include headphones or a charger in the box. Either the rumors are totally off, or Apple’s teams are struggling to innovate at the rates they used to.