Apple has been successful in creating buzz for its flagship phones before the actual launch. This year is no different. Even as the entire world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming release of the iPhone 12 has not taken a backseat.
Rumors and leaks from various industry influencers—Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple rumormonger and YouTuber Jon Prosser, and countless tech websites—are revealing more about the new iPhone series. If you’re up for an iPhone upgrade, don’t replace your defective model just yet. Take it to a cell phone repair shop for now and wait for the debut of the iPhone 12.
Here’s what we’ve gathered so far about Apple’s soon-to-be-newest iPhone.
All sources and sites agree. There will be four models: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Whether they will be launched together or not, nobody’s sure yet.
The iPhone 12 is expected to usher in a design refresh. The past three iPhone models, after all, were fashioned from the same mold, so this one might be different. Digitaltrends.com’s Christian de Looper claims it might bring back design elements from the iPhone 4. Techradar.com thinks it will be more similar to the form factor of the iPhone 5 than the iPhone X, with its hard square corners and metal frame. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will have an aluminum body and glass rear, while the Pro and Pro Max will have stainless steel and glass.
It will come in four display sizes and types:
The OLED displays will help a lot in saving battery power and producing deeper blacks.
One unofficial information mentions the possible debut of Navy Blue in the most expensive model of the iPhone 12 (Pro Max?). There were also reports that Apple will keep the Midnight Green because it sold more than expected in the iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 Pro colors of Gold, Silver, and Space Gray might make a comeback as well for the Pro versions.
For the regular iPhone 12, it can have the same colors as the standard iPhone 11, which are Red, Green, Purple, Yellow, White, and Black.
Rumors have it that the iPhone 12 might drop the Face ID in favor of a fingerprint scanner—which Apple never had. Rumors also claim that Apple might remove its notch at the top, make it smaller, and place it beneath the screen. If the notch goes under the screen, that could explain the consideration of a fingerprint scanner. Face sensors will have a hard time competing with the front camera under the screen.
The iPhone 12 may have an upgraded A-series processor chip that will be in all four models, giving you equal processing power, regardless of your budget. The iPhone 12 may also get a 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM for its Pro version.
The series may feature better wide-angle cameras, 5G connectivity, and a lightning port instead of the USB-C that the iPad Pro has. The leaks claim that the Pro models may have a lidar sensor for augmented reality, but again, it may depend on the AR demand. And finally, the iPhone 12 series will likely not bundle free EarPods.
The leaks say the price of the iPhone 12 might still be in the vicinity of the iPhone 11. Some sources put it at $649. The iPhone 11 began at $699 in the U.S. for the cheapest model. Its Pro version was at $999, and the Pro Max went over $1000. The retail price will be higher, of course, owing to the high cost of materials used in this particular series.
Macworld’s Michael Simon presents more specific price points:
iPhone 12 – $649 (128 GB), $749 (256 GB)
iPhone 12 Max – $749 (128 GB), $849 (256 GB)
iPhone 12 Pro – $999 (128 GB), $1,099 (256 GB), $1,299 (512 GB)
iPhone 12 Pro Max – $1,099 (128 GB), $1,199 (256 GB), $1,399 (512 GB)
The industry expects a fall release for the iPhone 12 series, either September or October, depending on the progress of production. Historically, the iPhone moves into retail shops about ten days after unveiling. A Wall Street Journal report said production had been delayed by a month, but a 2021 launch isn’t likely. With this information, you can start picking the model you want and wait. Just make sure you don’t miss the launch!