The Week’s Apple News Debris: Apple’s September 15 Event

• There is a lot of thinking that there will not be a focus on the iPhone 12 during Apple’s September 15 event. Instead, a second event in mid-October will launch the iPhone 12. So let’s take those two in order.

• First, from PC Magazine: “What to Expect at Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ Event.” tl;dr summary:

  • Apple Watch 6
  • Apple Watch 6 SE
  • watchOS 7
  • iPad Air 4
  • iOS/iPadOS 14
  • lower probability: OTH headphones
  • lower probability: smaller, less expensive HomePod

To which I would add Apple’s new bundles.

• Second, that oh-so anticipated 5G iPhone 12. From ZDNet we have: “Apple iPhone 12: Price, launch date, 5G, and all the rumors and leaks you need to know.

This article cites Jon Prosser’s fabulous list of four iPhones with:

  • Display size
  • Display type
  • Number of cameras
  • Price

The top two will have LIDAR. Other sources suggest only the top 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will have 5G’s fatest mmWave support while the bottom three will support the slower 5G bands.

But don’t get too excited about 5G just yet. PCMag’s Lead Mobille Analyst Sascha Segan takes a hard-nosed look at 5G performance by the major carriers. “Race to 5G September 2020: The Fastest Mobile Network Is …” Subtitle: “As a slew of new 5G phones hit shelves this month, our 26-city Fastest Mobile Networks test throws a wrench into the carriers’ 5G marketing plans.”


• Finally, how will the iPhone 12 stack up against the new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE? See: “Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs confirmed — and iPhone 12 should be worried.

You can ignore the hype in the title. And the Samsung’s battery rating — because the A14 will likely be much more power efficient than the Samsung’s Snapdragon processor. The rest is interesting reading.

Particle Debris is generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article(s) of the week followed by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday.

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Greetings, John:   Apple’s September event holds modest but meaningful interest for yours truly. On a personal note, I upgraded all of the iPhones in my family last year but my own (still using my venerable but capable iPhone X), so will likely upgrade to an iPhone 12 Pro. I took the Max plunge with the release of the iPhone 6 out of curiosity, and while I enjoyed the larger screen size, found the device bulkier than I cared to carry in my pocket or on my belt (besides, I could never shake that Mae West quote whenever I put… Read more »


I got that.
I should have clarified. I was responding more to the some of the internet chatter, including a recent YouTube post, that the iPhone 12 should be ‘worried’ about this Samsung device based on certain specs. Click bate for fanboys, the impressionable, and the platform non-committed, as well as any analyst looking for a reason to down-weight Apple.
As usual, your PD was an informational post in which you invite the reader to study and weigh the information. 

Last edited 6 days ago by wab95

Well I’m just going to sit back and smile smugly. I got an iPhone 11 last fall despite all the hype about why I should wait for 5G. Well nearly a year has passed and guess what; it isn’t here and where it is it isn’t any faster than 4G. Honestly even when mm5G gets here I don’t see it making any difference for me either. I suspect I’ll be able to use my 11 for a full five years without missing much.