Here’s why the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will launch in November, according to Apple

Apple announced its all-new iPhone 12 lineup today. While they were all announced at once in a spectacularly directed video, not every model will be available right away. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro will be available for pre-order starting October 16 and shipping will begin on October 23.

Unfortunately, though, the two of the most interesting launches this morning—the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, won’t be available until November 6.

According to Apple, both the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 mini haven’t been “authorized as required” by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These won’t be offered for sale until they get authorized.

Apple’s fine print on the iPhone 12 Pro Max page. A similar fine print can be found on iPhone 12 mini’s promo page. Source: Apple.

This could be due to delayed manufacturing, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, which supposedly further delayed the FCC approval. This is the same issue that plagued the iPad Air 4. Apple announced the tablet at its September 15 event, but it isn’t yet available to purchase. However, rumors suggest that it will be sold alongside the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro on October 16.

The new iPhones sport a new design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and the iPad Pro, with flat edges and glass on the front and the back. There are four iPhones in all which Apple intends to sell in different colors. Apart from that, the new iPhones also sport 5G, which is kind of inconsistent right now.