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Apple made no mention of the iPhone 12 at its major September event.

The company would normally have been expected to be unveiling the new phone this week, but already admitted that its release had been delayed by a “few weeks”, seemingly at least in part because of global lockdowns. That had led many to speculate that the phone would not be ready for a full release after the traditional September event.

Apple made no mention of the phone at all, however, not even indicating when it might be unveiled or making any reference to an upcoming handset.

Instead, it used the event to show off new Apple Watches and iPads, as well as online exercise classes and a subscription bundle called Apple One.

It also revealed that software updates including iOS 14 – which would normally be expected to ship alongside the new hardware – would arrive tomorrow.

Apple is rumoured to be releasing four new iPhones: two versions of the normal iPhone 12, as well as two different sizes of the Pro model. They are expected to include new LiDAR sensors that can capture a 3D model of an environment, a design more akin to the latest iPads, and improved processors and cameras.

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