iPhone 11 Accident Reveals Apple’s Release Dat

Knowing when the new iPhone launches and wanting to upgrade, however, are two very different things.

2020 iPhone makes the iPhone 11 look like a skippable update – concept pictured BEN GESKIN
2020 iPhone makes the iPhone 11 look like a skippable update – concept pictured BEN GESKIN

We know a lot about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 range.

This includes the headline upgradesas well as the reasons you might want to delay upgrading. But the big mystery was when Apple would release its new iPhones. Until now. 

Picked up by acclaimed Japanese site Mac Otakara, Ken Miyauchi, president of massive Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank, accidentally leaked the launch date of Apple’s iPhone 11. And it makes perfect sense. 

In answering a question about how Softbank planned to manage the launch of the iPhone, Miyauchi said a new Japanese telecommunications business law coming into effect on October 1 meant the company would be left waiting 10 full days after the launch of the iPhone before it could begin its own sales. 

That pins the iPhone 11 launch date to September 20 (a Friday), which ties in perfectly with previous releases: iPhone XS (Friday, September 21), iPhone X (Friday, September 22), iPhone 7 (Friday, September 16), iPhone 6S (Friday, September 25), etc.  More

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Gordon Kelly Senior Contributor Consumer Tech Forbes