It Looks Like the iPhone Pro Won’t Be the Only Apple Device Running Late This Year

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There have been rumors of all 2020 iPhones releasing late and of Apple’s iPhone 12 Pros running later than the rest of the lineup for a several months now. The former has already proven true, as we wait for an iPhone event in October.

Rumors of the later have been around long enough and have been repeated by enough reputable sources that most Apple fans have accepted the news as fact for a while. Those reports have been reinforced over and over and it now looks like at least two of the coming iPhone 12 models will be arriving in late November. We should receive confirmation of this during Tuesday’s Apple iPhone Event.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max aren’t the only new Apple devices that have been delayed. First off there is the iPad Air. While it was announced during Apple’s Watch and iPad event last month, the release date was set for October.

I was expecting a release in early October so that it wouldn’t conflict with Apple’s iPhone event. Jon Prosser even had a cryptic tweet that made it sound like the Air was coming as early as two weeks ago. It made sense to me at the time that Apple would want to clear the decks before the iPhone announcement, but no dice.

Earlier today, Prosser shifted that earlier prediction:

That tells me it still wasn’t ready to ship yet.

Mark Gurman also mentioned that iPad Airs are being delivered to Apple Stores ahead of their launch, and that Apple is taking a new approach to device shipping.

That sounds pretty smart to me, as this has been an effective strategy for Amazon and others. It also sounds like Apple will likely be doing preorders for the new Air sometime next week, possibly as early as the end of the Tuesday event. We shall see.

Jon Prosser also had a little bad news for Apple fans yesterday. First, he predicted that Apple will not be announcing the AirPods Studio during the iPhone event on Tuesday.

Evidently production units won’t be ready until the end of the month, so they will likely be announced during the November Apple Silicon Mac Event, instead. Also, about that price. Damn. I was expecting $350, but $599? That’s a very high bar.

There was other news that Jon Prosser seemed pretty disappointed about. He predicted that Apple’s new AirTags, which have been the subject of rumors for over a year now, have been delayed yet again. Now they have been pushed back to 2021.

Apple is definitely having a tough time in 2020. I don’t think it’s all that surprising, either. Their supply chain was pretty much completely shut down for weeks and slowed for a couple of months after that early in 2020. Then COVID-19 came to the rest of the world and shut down work and slowed the economy down here in the US.

Apple got hit twice with this pandemic and it’s really showing up now. Between features like 120 MHz iPhone Pro screens that likely didn’t make the cut, rather mundane OS updates and device releases pushed as far out as Spring of next year, there is plenty of evidence that even one of the largest companies in the world can’t escape a pandemic without taking some hard shots and having to make some tough calls.



James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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