IPhone 12 rumors: release date, specs, screen size and 5G forecast


The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang / CNET

With Apple iOS 14 available for public beta, we now know more about what the next iPhone is, and all other iPhones compatible with the update, can make. Of widgets and picture-in-picture application libraries, you can expect a bunch of software as well as hardware upgrades for the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Max. (Apple hasn’t confirmed the names of the phones, but we’ll be using them for now.)

It looks like the new iPhones are on schedule for fall, but exactly when they’ll launch during the season is still pending. While we typically see new flagship iPhones in September, recent reports indicate that Apple may be delaying iPhone 11 sequels due to the coronavirus. At the start of the epidemic, COVID-19 forced Apple to shut down its American retail stores, although some now have reopened to a limited extent. Suppliers in China have also shut down or are operating with limited capacity, which may not only affect the inventory in September more sales too.

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Despite such disruption, rumors continue to circulate around iPhone 12 phones, which we imagine will continue until their official launch. In addition to possibly introducing 3D depth sensing on its rear cameras and new screen sizes, speculation has arisen that Apple is belatedly including a feature in the iPhone that will make it competitive against its competitors: 5G. This makes sense given that its main rival, Samsung, has launched several 5G phones this year, including the top of the line. Galaxy S20 Phones and will announce more during its Event unpacked on August 5, as the Note 20.

Until all of this happens, check back often as we’ll continue to update it with the most likely and convincing rumors.

IPhone 12 release date could be October

Despite Apple’s largest maker, Foxconn, assuring investors that it will still have to meet its fall schedule, The Wall Street Journal reported that the IPhone 12 could suffer delays. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic and its unprecedented effect on the demands of manufacturers and consumers. The report estimates that Apple could wait until October to announce the phone, about a month after the iPhone’s usual launch. Apple CFO Luca Maestri almost confirmed it in a quarterly earnings call, saying, “This year, we expect the offering to be available a few weeks later” than last year’s launch in mid-September.

And other iPhone models can also be launched at different stages

Another rumor, reported by DigiTimes and picked up by MacRumors, suggests that Apple could launch its 2020 iPhones in several stages. Due to the pandemic canceling manufacturing schedules, both 6.1-inch iPhone models can be released first, with the 6.7 and 5.4-inch variants coming later. (For more on the different iPhone sizes speculated, read more below.)

The price of iPhone 12 may be cheaper than that of iPhone 11

When the iPhone 11 debuted last year, We were pleasantly surprised that its base model cost $ 699, which is $ 50 less than that of 2018 iPhone XR. This trend may continue, with one technology analyst reporting that Apple will cost the iPhone 12 at $ 649, the iPhone 12 Pro at $ 999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $ 1,099.

IPhone 12 design: similar (or not) to iPhone 11

Every two years, Apple typically makes notable cosmetic changes to its iPhone to refresh its look, much to the anticipation of buyers. But a report by Japanese publication Mac Otakara, citing an anonymous Chinese supplier, reported that the iPhone 12 will look like the iPhone 11. The only possible difference is that the edges of the iPhone 12 will be slightly tilted.

On the other hand, Apple is also assumed completely rethink the design of the iPhone with flat edges (similar to the new iPads). It could trigger what Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called “the perfect demand storm”, which would lead to higher sales and a “super cycle” for Apple.

IPhone 12 may not come with EarPods or a power adapter

In one of the most unpopular rumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple may not include its wired EarPods in the iPhone 12 box. It would be a measure to encourage people to buy the company’s wireless AirPods instead. Apple has included EarPods since the IPhone 5 released in 2012, so that would be a significant change. AirPods and AirPod Pro The headphones are currently priced at $ 159 (£ 159, AU $ 249) and $ 249 (£ 249, AU $ 399), respectively.


IPhone 12 might not come with an AC adapter.

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Ming-Chi Kuo expects IPhone 12 will ship without a power adapter as well, according to 9to5Mac. The reason for this is mainly the costs – by forgoing it, Apple can reduce the costs when charging the phone with 5G components. It would also help to reduce transportation cost as the size of the package would shrink.

IPhone 12 Pro’s Supposed Colors Include Dark Blue

Last year Apple introduced a midnight green color to the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Whether do you like the shade or not, the color variant actually well sold compared to expectations. This year, it is possible that Apple will launch another new color, navy blue, on the iPhone 12 Pro according to XDA Developer. This would be trendy since blue is both Pantone’s color choice for the New Year (“classic blue”) and Shutterstock has included “ghost blue” in its color predictions for 2020.

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Could this be the new color for the iPhone?


IPhone 12 specifications and possible display sizes

One of the most persistent rumors about the next iPhones is that Apple could introduce new screen sizes. One of the iPhone 12s could have a 5.4 inch screen (among current iPhones, the new iPhone SE has the smallest screen, which is 4.7 inches). And the iPhone 2020 Pro Max could reach 6.7 inches (for reference, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5 inch screen).

There is also speculation that the iPhone 12 screen will have a refresh rate of 120 Hz and that maybe the IPhone 12 Pro may have a ProMotion display, which is currently featured on the iPad Pro. Most phones refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but other phones, like the Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro refresh at 120Hz. With a higher refresh rate, a phone is faster and smoother when scrolling through items such as web pages and applications.


A rendering of what the iPhone 12 might look like.

Phone Arena

With the possibility of new screen sizes, rumors have circulated that Apple is expanding its iPhone lineup. In December 2019, CNET’s Lexy Savvides wrote:

According to JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee, Apple will launch four new iPhone 12 models in the fall of 2020: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch phones, and a 6.7-inch phone. All will have OLED screens.

These size predictions were also supported this week by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who estimates that the current 5.8-inch size of the iPhone 11 Pro could go away. So the 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch models will be the low-end devices, presumably referred to as the iPhone 12. Then the more expensive phones will be the other 6’s iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, 1 and 6.7 inches. , respectively.

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The 5G connectivity of the iPhone 12?

Several rumors predict that Apple will include 5G connectivity this year. Specifically, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo expects the company to unveil three 5G phones, and Fast Company reported that Apple can use its own proprietary 5G antennas.

There are several reasons the company didn’t jump on the trend in 2019. First, Apple is usually not the first on mobile trends, instead preferring to hone emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was lagging behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks were just starting up.


Another render from Phone Arena.

Phone Arena

Second, Apple has stopped working with the leading 5G modem vendor, Qualcomm, due to a dispute over Qualcomm’s licensing fees. The two companies settled their dispute in April 2019 and then agreed to a multi-year 5G chip deal. This led to Apple’s previous 5G modem partner, Intel, to finally exit the 5G phone modem business altogether, and Apple subsequently acquired the smartphone modem business from Intel for $ 1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it started too late to launch a 5G phone last year when a few of its rivals released their 5G models, like the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

IPhone 12 camera can have 3D depth detection

Starting with the iPhone X, new iPhones have been equipped with front cameras with 3D depth detection. Known as Face ID, this feature scans your face to unlock your phone and authorize digital payments. There are rumors that Apple could take it up a notch and introduce this same system into the rear cameras. In August 2019, CNET’s Vanessa Orellana wrote:

Longtime Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo (via MacRumors and 9to5Mac) said he expects two of the 2020 iPhone models to have a new time-of-flight camera lens on the back of the phone. . The setup would be similar to the current True Depth camera system used for Face ID on the front of the phone, except that it would use a slightly different type of technology that could allow it to 3D map larger objects. far. This would significantly improve its augmented reality apps and take some camera features like Portrait mode to the next level.

It’s unclear how many new iPhones would come with this feature, if any.

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