We’ve collected the latest rumors about the new iPhone 12 – once expected to be released in September 2020, but now threatened by months of delays – and guided you through design changes, new features and specifications, and it’s finally here.
Executives and engineers have been repatriated, but the technology industry has not stopped working. The big press conference later in 2020 is still being planned and is not much bigger than the new iPhone.
In this article, we look forward to the iPhone 12, which is expected to launch in the fall of 2020, but apple is now considering a delay, which could delay it for a month or more. We will analyze the latest rumors about its release date, design, new features, technical specifications and price, and help you understand all the guesses.
Now, we have a good idea for the expected result. When the CAD schematic leaks online, the design – reduced notches, four corner corners, larger screens, reconfigured camera arrays – emerges. The full specification list has been shown, and we even have the price of each model.
When will the new iPhone come out?
We still expect the next iPhones to be released in September 2020 (after all, every autumn since 2011, there will be at least one new model), but that is no longer certain.
According to the report, production of the iPhone 12 will be delayed for at least one month, which will make it possible for us to enter the October delivery date (we previously launched the iPhone X in 2017) even later. Please note that this delay may delay the launch date, but may not affect the release date – if you remember, Apple launched iPhone X in September, and then let’s wait for the purchase.
But this is not the worst. Sources familiar with the company said Apple is currently in internal discussions, which could be delayed for months, which is likely to delay the launch of the iPhone 12 until 2021.
In both iphone cases, the culprit is covid-19, because there are so many delays and cancellations. In the early days of the outbreak, it wreaked havoc on Apple’s Asian supply chain – in February, the digital times (via macrumors) said it had to stop visiting engineers in China – and Apple’s headquarters is now in the United States, one of the most affected regions. The company’s local public health agency imposed mandatory orders on public gatherings as early as March.
We must stress that Apple has not yet made a decision on this, and may not have made a decision for some time; it is reported that it will decide on a way by may at the latest. For more information on this, see Apple may delay the release of iPhone 12 until 2021. For now, delays are most likely to be limited to one or two months.
Iphone 12 Design change
With a lot of leaks and rumors forming a consensus, we began to have a good understanding of the appearance of the iPhone 12. Recently, Max weinbach, the leaker, claimed to have obtained a CAD schematic for the iPhone 12 max. Weinbach stressed that the schematic is not complete – he said: “basically, the monitor and the fuselage are correct, but as a safety measure, the camera settings are wrong.” -Cynics may see it as an attempt to cover up, just in case. But this is very consistent with what we heard before. Key points include:
- Frame thinner than 11 Pro Max 0.9mm
- Larger screen: Six point seven Inches, and Six point five inch
- Thinner chassis: Seven point four Mm (formerly Eight point one Mm)
- The gap is much smaller
- Lidar sensor constitutes the fourth element in the square camera array
It’s been expected for a while that we could see the shrinking or total elimination of the notch.
The notch contains a number of important sensors – those for Face ID, for example – and removing it would raise design problems, of course. Apple may go for a punch-hole design, which is a compromise of its own. But we feel that would be the worst of both worlds: an admission that the notch was a misstep, the loss of an iconic piece of design, and a failure, still, to actually provide a seamless all-screen design.
Based on the leaks above, it looks like the notch will remain, but take up less space. Which will please many but won’t satisfy all.
PhoneArena has posted concept illustrations showing an iPhone with four camera lenses on the rear. This is madness, surely… Although it does fit the square housing rather neatly. (The flash is placed in the centre.)
It now appears more likely that the fourth sensor will be LiDAR, like on the new iPad Pro, than a fourth camera lens.
The 2020 iPhones will come in three screen sizes: 5.4in and 6.1in for the basic models, and 6.1in and 6.7in for the Pros. That comes from May’s spec dump, but these numbers have been circulating for a while.
Back in June 2019 Max Rudberg, a Swedish graphic designer, created a concept illustration of how the new 5.4in size might look. It strikes us as a superbly pocketable device that still manages to fit in good-size screen. The Macotakara report linked above also supports the existence of the new sizes. The site predicted some while ago that iPhones in 5.4in, 6.1in and 6.7in sizes would be launched in late 2020.
The death of Lightning
It’s a recurrent rumour, but will 2020 be the year Apple finally gives in and replaces its proprietary Lightning port with USB-C, as it did on its iPad Pro models in 2018?
In strategic terms we’re inclined to think probably not, since that was a special case – fast data transfers to and from cameras being a requirement of many digital creatives. And owners of Lightning-based headphones and other accessories would be pretty ticked off.
But Apple’s hand may be forced. The EU has been flexing its muscles for some time, and in January proposed (and subsequently voted to expedite) a measure to force all mobile manufacturers to standardise around USB-C. As the Register observes, however, Apple has ignored such measures in the past and may do so again in the future.
If we think in the longer term, Apple has given some thought to the idea of ditching the idea of physical charging ports altogether: a patent uncovered in February shows an iPhone with no Lightning port, no USB-C, and no buttons. But don’t expect anything as radical as this to arrive in 2020.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max come in silver, gold, Space Grey and Midnight Green colour finishes; the iPhone 11 is available in white, black, green, yellow, purple and red. That’s a lot of choice, but what do we expect from the late-2020 generation?
The plain iPhone 12 will follow the 11 in the main, but Apple will tweak the offering depending on which colours were most popular. The XR from the year before came in white, black, blue, yellow, coral (reddish-pink) and red, but Apple dropped blue and coral in 2019 and replaced them with purple and green. If one of those hasn’t performed, it’ll get dropped in turn.
As for the iPhone 12 Pro handsets, we expect a new colour: navy blue. The leaker Max Weinbach has predicted (on the YouTube channel Everything Apple Pro) that this will replace Midnight Green – which we like, but provoked mixed reactions when it was announced. Here’s what a navy blue iPhone 12 Pro could look like, in a mockup created by the site.
Leaked photos, concept maps and videos
We’ve seen the iPhone 12 model of phonearena with four rear camera lenses, and the Navy Blue model of everything Apple Pro, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this section, we will release the best iPhone 12 image and concept map. Swedish website svetapple has released a large number of attractive iPhone 12 Pro concept maps. Keep in mind that these are not official leaks, but the artist’s impression of the device’s appearance. The most notable aspect of svetapple rendering is the new blue finish (although previously rumoured) and includes lidar scanners on the 2020 iPad pro.
Iphone 12 Specification
Iphone 12 new function
The new iPhone needs to have flagship features – you can create some announcement events. In 2019, it’s all about cameras (three lens and night mode). If Apple can achieve it in time, we think it will be 5g by 2020.
Android phone manufacturers have been offering 5g widely for some time since the iPhone 11 was launched, but apple is lagging behind in this sector. Why delay?
The problem is that someone has to provide a modem. Apple has worked with Qualcomm, but the two companies have significant differences in patents. It later formed a partnership with Intel, but the company has pulled out of 5g… And sold most of its smartphone modem business to apple.
So apple can now make its own modems, but it won’t work until 2021. At the same time, it is believed that plans to launch 5g with other suppliers (or with Qualcomm again as legal issues have been resolved) are proceeding as planned. In the second half of 2020. By the way, by that time, triple play will finally start offering 5g, so it will be available to everyone in the UK In theory, it depends on the location. Another potential reason for Apple’s delay in joining the 5g party may be that it wants to do it right. There are many versions of the technology, and one that everyone really wants (called millimeter wave or mmwave) has not been widely used. Most people offer a 5g if band version, which works below 6GHz, which is slower than mmwave (though still much faster than 4G).
Analyst Mehdi Hosseini of Susquehanna predicted that Apple would release the iPhone 12 with only 5g if and then a millimeter wave capable model in a few months – which sounds like the secret of customer dissatisfaction to us. However, Guo Ming reasonably is confident that Apple will be ready for the millimeter wave launch in September 2020. In fact, he believes that serving 5g below 6GHz and mmwave respectively means that the company will actually release four different phones in September, the largest number of iPhones ever released by the company.
At the technical level, Kuo warns that Apple’s 5g enabled phones may not provide 2 x 2 MIMO uplink as previously predicted, rather than six amplifiers, which will have only one or two. However, this may only affect the theoretical upload speed, at least at startup: the carrier infrastructure is unlikely to support 2×2 immediately.
Ahead of the end of 2019 event, Bloomberg predicted the upcoming iPhone with a stronger 3D camera as part of Apple’s ongoing push for ar. Now it seems more likely than ever.
The current iPhone already has a 3D camera for face ID face recognition, which makes it more difficult to market it as a breakthrough or flagship feature. But Bloomberg believes the 2020 version will be even more powerful: according to the website, it has a range of about 15 feet, compared with 25-50 centimeters for the iPhone X series and 11. It will be used to scan the environment while the current 3D scan is deployed on the user’s face.
Fast company sources predict that the next iPhone will be equipped with a TOF (time of flight) 3D camera at the back – that is, the “world facing” end – which will be an important step forward. This will enable enhanced augmented reality, a category of technologies that apple is quickly fascinated by, as well as photo / video effects that are currently not possible, such as multi-layered scatterers. According to fast company, the sensor array will use the same vendor as the front-end 3D settings, and the website warns that Apple may still veto listing in 2020.
Reintroducing an old feature (which will still be available on iPhone se, of course) is new in its way of application – because to implement this feature on iPhone 12, Apple needs to embed the sensor outside the home button.
Sensors can be embedded under the screen glass: we’ve known for years that this is possible, but it’s not logically feasible from a scale and price controllable point of view. By the end of 2020, we should no longer be in this situation.
In fact, according to the economic daily, a Chinese language website, Apple will prepare to install fingerprint sensors under the display screen in mobile phones based on Qualcomm ultrasound scanning technology by the end of 2020. Qualcomm has provided the technology used in Samsung phones, so it has these features. But the site claims it will be a second-generation version, faster and broader. At the same time, apple apparently has a patent that will allow it to place a fingerprint sensor under the OLED screen.
A less exciting but perhaps more practical option is to embed fingerprint sensors in power / side buttons, which are currently used on Samsung’s Galaxy s10e. Indeed, in a report in late January, Guo Mingchi predicted that Apple would launch a low-cost iPhone with a power button touch ID in the first half of 2021. It is believed that this design will be used for the iPhone se plus.
This is an interesting prediction, especially because it raises the uncomfortable idea that cheap products have new features that have not yet been offered to flagship models Never. However, it makes more sense to assume that the high-end iPhone 12 will get the touch ID at the bottom of the screen in the fall of 2020 and open space for the low-end power button version the following year.
Ultra short distance 802.11ay Wi-Fi
Macotakara quoted “sources familiar with the next iPhone 12” as saying that the device is likely to support IEEE 802.11ay This is a new ultra short distance wireless standard. This will enable the next generation of iPhones to provide “significantly improved” data transfer performance between devices – in other words, airdrop could make a major breakthrough in the next generation of products, the website said. The proposed update has been discussed on the desktop for some time and its earliest draft version was released in January 2017. 802.11ay The standard bandwidth is 802.11ad Four times, and based on the 60GHz band.
Thanks to the rich video released by everything Apple Pro and front page Tech in May 2020, we now have a good understanding of the specification sheet of iPhone 12.
- A14 processor
- Five point four Inch/ Six point one Inch OLED super retina display (with 120Hz promotion on the Pro Model Six point one Inch/ Six point seven Inch OLED)
- 4GB RAM (6GB ram on Pro)
- 128GB / 256gb storage (512gb added to pro)
- Dual lens rear camera (three lens with lidar on Pro)
Let’s talk about the A14 chip, which seems to appear in some online benchmark tools. If these benchmarks look real, A14 will soon go crazy.
Take a look at the following screenshot of the popular benchmark geekbench released by Appleinsider. It compares the 2018 iPad Pro 12.9in, one of Apple’s most powerful mobile devices, with the iPhone 12 prototype. The iPhone 12 scores even higher on multi-core systems.
The clock frequency of “A14” is higher than 3GHz (this is the first clock in Apple’s A-Series chip to achieve this goal), although its core is less than a12x (6 instead of 8), but its score is higher in the whole CPU test. How likely is this to be true? So reasonable. It makes sense that prototype devices were found in the online test suite before Apple released the product. At this point in the release schedule, the company will undoubtedly create and is testing an internal sample of the iPhone 12.
In terms of performance, ram is almost as important as choosing a processor. The fact that the iPhone se (2020) is only 3gb, while all other A13 phones are 4GB, has led to a significant reduction in the benchmark speed, which is thought to have been overclocked. On this basis, we are glad to see that this year’s Pro model includes a truly reliable 6GB ram. However, non pro models must have 4GB of memory installed.
As we have doubted for a while, Apple seems to be weeding out a slightly below standard 64GB basic storage option this year. 128GB minimum.
Iphone 12 Price
The iPhone 12 starts at $649 and looks pretty solid, which we expect to turn the UK price into around £ 679. The most expensive model costs $1399 – probably about £ 1449 in the UK. In the spectacular specification dump of the video we discussed earlier, Jon Prosser also released us prices for each of the four iPhone models at the end of 2020. This is his prediction. Finally, we add our estimate of the UK in square brackets:
- IPhone 12128gb: $649 (£ 679)
- IPhone 12256gb: $749 (£ 779)
- IPhone 12 max, 128GB: $749 (£ 789)
- IPhone 12 max, 256gb: $849 (£ 889)
- IPhone 12 pro, 128GB: $999 (£ 1049)
- iPhone 12 Pro，256GB：$ 1,099（£1,149）
- iPhone 12 Pro，512GB：$ 1,299（£1,349）
- IPhone 12 Pro max, 128GB: $1099 (£ 1149)
- IPhone 12 Pro max, 256gb: $1199 (£ 1249)
- IPhone 12 Pro max, 512gb: $1399 (£ 1449)
This is compared to the iPhone 11, 11 pro and 11 Pro Max prices on May 12, 2020:
- IPhone 11 Pro Max: £ 1149 / US $1099 onwards
- IPhone 11 Pro: from £ 1049 / US $999
- IPhone 11: from £ 729 / US $699
Apple has been raising the price of its phones for some time now, especially in the UK, and it would be nice if the reports were correct and if the iPhone 12 Pro screen and 5g were bigger and the price would not go up.
So far, that’s all the rumors about the iPhone 12. If you want to learn more about Apple’s annual plan, please read our new Apple product guide 2020. Those interested in the current smartphone lineup should focus on our iPhone buying guide or our summary of the best iPhone deals.
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