A series of reports from Apple’s iPhone supply chain claimed that production had started early for various critical parts headed to the next-gen iPhones. Routinely referred to as the iPhone 13 series, the 2021 iPhones should launch in September this year. Apple has apparently been preparing for a mid-September announcement event and a late September release date for the four new iPhones. The Cupertino-based company has yet to announce this year’s iPhone event. But any significant delay might be acknowledged as soon as late July, just like last year. Meanwhile, a different report from Asia ends the mystery surrounding one lingering question surrounding this year’s new iPhones.
Since the early days of the iPhone, Apple introduced the tick-tock iPhone naming scheme. An “S” year would follow almost every major iPhone release. The iPhone “S” would deliver significant performance improvements, but not that many design changes. But Apple hasn’t always stuck to this iPhone naming pattern. The iPhone 12 series might not get the “S” treatment either.
The 2016 iPhone 7 did not get its iPhone 7s in 2017. Apple jumped to iPhone 8 and iPhone X that year. In 2018, we got two iPhone XS phones and an iPhone XR — this was the first and only “R” iPhone so far. The 2019 iPhone 11 series brought more clarity to Apple’s naming scheme, with iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max making more sense than the previous generation.