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Apple confirms iPhone 12 will launch ‘a few weeks later’ than usual

During Apple’s Q3 2020 earnings call today, Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that the release of this year’s iPhone 12 will be slightly later than usual. This is a rare confirmation and acknowledgment of delays on Apple’s part.

While covering what to expect from Apple during the company’s fiscal Q4 2020, Maestri explained that Apple began selling new iPhones in September of 2019. This year, Maestri says Apple currently expects the new iPhones to come several weeks later.

“As you know, last year we started selling iPhones in late September,” Maestri said during the call. “This year, we expect supply to be available a few weeks later.”

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro were released on September 20 last year. A three-week delay this year would mean the iPhone 12 lineup could be released in mid-October at the earliest.

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In a statement provided to Business Insider, an Apple spokesperson says that’s because the iPhone maker has a policy of reviewing all apps and games before they’re made available in the App Store. Since game streaming services allow you to play games that haven’t gone through that review process, they’re not allowed.

Of course, you could use the same logic to say that web browsers shouldn’t be allowed, because they let you visit websites that Apple has not reviewed. Video players might allow you to watch unapproved videos. Music players might support playing all sorts of audio that has not been reviewed by Apple.