Apple typically launches new handsets in South Korea a month after its launch in the United States. As an example, the iPhone 11 was launched in the country on October 25th, more than a month after their debut in the US.
According to officials at local South Korean telecom operators, they’re expecting the new iPhones to arrive in late October or early November. Apple is reportedly eyeing South Korea for one of the first places to get the first-ever 5G supported iPhones due to the countries vast 5G infrastructure.
South Korea was the first country in the world to commercialize 5G in April of 2019 and already in July had 8 million active 5G users. Its wide base of active users and a wide range of supporting devices gives Apple an ideal market place to initially launch their first 5G iPhone.
Apple is widely expected to launch 4 models of the iPhone 12 series, a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the highest-end 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All will feature 5G, flag edges, improved cameras, and LiDAR.
The new iPhones alongside the companies rumored ‘AirTags” are rumored to be announced at an Apple event slated for October 13th, with pre-orders and shipments beginning shortly after. If Apple is indeed planning an event for the 2nd week of October then an official announcement can be expected very soon.