Ap­ple reg­is­ters 9 new iPhone mod­els with iPad Pro de­sign

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NEW de­tails have emerged about the Ap­ple iPhone mod­els ex­pected to go on sale later this year, in­clud­ing what ap­pears to be a con­firmed de­sign change.

Ap­ple has re­port­edly filed reg­is­tra­tions for nine dif­fer­ent mod­els in the iPhone range as well as a new com­puter with the Eurasian Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion.

Ap­ple and other tech com­pa­nies have to file de­tails of their new prod­ucts for ap­proval by reg­u­la­tors for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in­clud­ing their use of air­waves to send in­for­ma­tion, and in some places if they use en­cryp­tion meth­ods to se­cure data.

The next range of iPhone mod­els is ex­pected to fea­ture mod­els spread across the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max names.

Doc­u­ments for a new Ap­ple com­puter were also found on the data­base, be­lieved to re­late to an ARMbased Mac lap­top the com­pany is ru­moured to an­nounce at a de­vel­oper’s con­fer­ence.

The World­wide De­vel­oper’s Con­fer­ence (WWDC) is typ­i­cally held in June and brings thou­sands of peo­ple to Cal­i­for­nia to hear from Ap­ple about its up­com­ing prod­ucts.

This year WWDC will be held vir­tu­ally due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Prod­ucts are not the main fo­cus of WWDC but Ap­ple of­ten an­nounces one or two new prod­ucts there, and this year it’s ex­pected to be the shift to ARM-based pro­ces­sors such as the ones used in iPhones and iPads to be added to Mac com­put­ers.

It comes af­ter Tai­wan-based tech in­dus­try pub­li­ca­tion DigiTimes re­ported Ap­ple would fin­ish the en­gi­neer­ing and test­ing stages of the next phones by the end of the month.

Else­where, moulds used by man­u­fac­tur­ers to make the pro­tec­tive cases many peo­ple house their phones in have been leaked, and ap­pear to con­firm a ru­moured de­sign change. A re­turn to the squared-off edges in­tro­duced in the iPhone 4 and last seen in the iPhone 5s looks set to re­turn in the iPhone 12 mod­els.

The squared-off de­sign has been adapted to iPad Pro mod­els in re­cent years as well.

The next mod­els are ex­pected to fea­ture faster 5G con­nec­tiv­ity and OLED screens across the range, rather than just in the Pro mod­els.

A dis­tinct change in de­sign for the iPhones would com­ple­ment the in­clu­sion of these newer tech­nolo­gies.

Moulds are of­ten based on leaked schemat­ics and other sup­ply-chain sources so that case­mak­ers have a prod­uct ready to go when the new phones go on sale.

While iPhones nor­mally go on sale in Septem­ber, the coro­n­avirus pan­demic that has dis­rupted much of the world in 2020 hasn’t made an ex­cep­tion for the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try.

The next iPhones are ex­pected to be de­layed but by how long re­mains to be seen.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

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