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  • Apple files nine new iPhones, one Mac with international regulators

    The number “9” strongly suggests that there will only be 3 models of iPhone 12 (12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max) in a 3-carrier/band mix per model: 

    1. World phone #1 (with CDMA)
    2. World phone #2 (without CDMA)
    3. China or Japan phone (likely China)

    This fits to the same 3-carrier/band mix of the iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max (9 phone models for the “11” family in all).  Also fits to the iPhone 8 and 8 Max (total of 6 models for the whole “8” family). And it also fits to the iPhone SE, which also has only 3 models and in similar configurations.  Interestingly, TechWalls shows the 3rd iPhone 8 model being for Japanese carriers (with Chinese carriers getting the World phone #1 with CDMA), but the 3rd iPhone 11 and SE models for Chinese carriers (with Japanese carriers using World phone #2 without CDMA).  

    In the past (iPhone XS and Xr era) there was a 4-carrier/band mix, with Japanese and Chinese carriers each getting their own, in addition to World phones #1 and #2.  But this was 2 years ago and it seems Apple consolidated from 4 down to 3 starting in 2019 and did not deviate from that with the 2020 iPhone SE. 

    Does it mean Apple isn’t hiding a 4th hardware (different screen size and/or shell) to come, also in a 3-carrier/band mix?  Not necessarily, but the longer they hide it, the less likely that one would be able to achieve the EEC regulatory certification for “Day 1” launch shipment alongside the 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max. 
  • iOS 11.2 beta brings SiriKit commands to Apple's unreleased HomePod

    Why the limitations? If I want to know the score from last night’s game why can’t HomePod answer? Seems odd. I wonder if HomeKit requests will work. 

    I believe the article means that only messaging, lists, and notes functionality of third-party (i.e., non-Apple) apps is supported on HomeKit for now. You can still ask Siri about sports scores and the weather, for example, and you’ll get an answer from Siri.  Just not from third party apps like ESPN or The Weather Channel.