• iPhone 12 release date, price, features and news

    Over the past few years, we've seen a few major developments with the iPhone. First, we had the removal of the iconic Touch ID button. Face ID was introduced alongside a thin frame and all-screen design. Gesture navigation made it to iOS, and we finally got to see AMOLED screens on iPhones. Then, we got the large Max versions and some camera improvements. So, what does 2020 hold for us?

    Well, for one, we expect to see the iPhone 12 to have 5G. Also, a slight facelift is rumored to be in the works, as well as a 4th model variation. What else? Let's dive in all the latest rumors:

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    iPhone 12 release date

    Usually, we expect to see the iPhone lineup announced in early- to mid-September. But the iPhone 12 may be delayed due to the viral pandemic, which has spread across the world. Reports are coming in the numerous factories in China were forced to close or slow down production. This will definitely hit many tech companies, Apple included.

    How much will the iPhone 12 be delayed by? The optimistic forecast states a few weeks. The worst case scenario — a couple of months. Then, there's a recent report that Apple is working hard to ensure the iPhone 12 would land on time, but its future products might be delayed. A hot leak even suggests that Apple is stockpiling iPhone 12 parts hard, just to make sure it can meet demand in a timely manner. One report said that, while most iPhone 12 models won't be delayed too much, the top-tier iPhone 12 Pro Max might be up to 2 months late — an that's a worst case scenario.

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    iPhone 12 price

    Price-wise, we are hearing mixed messages. The latest piece of info suggests the iPhone 12 (5.4") might start at $749 — $50 more than the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 Max (6.1") would probably start at around $800 - $850 and the iPhone 12 Pro (6.1") and iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7") would probably take the same positions as their predecessors, from $999 and $1,099, respectively. Recently, we've been hearing rumors that there may be a "cheaper" iPhone 12 — one that only supports 4G connectivity. Possibly a model for international markets where 5G is not yet established. That one could cost $549, according to reports.

    The classic iPhone 12 design: flat sides, stark look

    It has been said on multiple occasions now that Apple will be changing the iPhone's aesthetic just a bit. Instead of having rounded sides, it would switch to a frame with flat sides to match the look of the most recent iPad Pro. Some also call this move a callback to the iPhone 4's design language. That'll definitely freshen things a bit since the current design is 3 generations old by now.

    *photo by MacRumors

    What about the back of the phone? The square-shaped chimney of a camera bump is making a comeback, and it's housing even more cameras this time around, as the long-rumored ToF cameras might finally be making an entrance with the 2020 iPhones.

    For a long time, wishful speculations suggested that Apple would remove or at least shrink the notch on its 2020 iPhones. Rumors (or wishful thinking) heavily suggest that the notch will be at least less prominent in 2020’s iPhone 12. However, all the latest design leaks show it'll be the same old notch — not larger, not smaller. Well, it will look a bit bigger on the smallest iPhone 12, just because of how it will look proportionally to the 5.4-inch screen.

    iPhone 12: a compact munchkin!

    But here's some good news for fans of compact phones — since tech pundits have started making 3D prints of the expected iPhone 12 series, based on leaked specs and schematics, we now have a pretty good idea of how big the base iPhone 12 would be. And don't be scared by that 5.4-inch screen diagonal — it seems that the handset would be more compact than the recently-released iPhone SE (2020)!

    Holding my breath 'til I'm blue!

    Every new iPhone iteration brings along a new color. In 2019, the Pro line got a cool Midnight Green. In 2020, it's said that will be replaced by a Navy Blue option. This is not the first time we hear Apple thinking about going with blue, though that hasn't happened so far (excluding the iPhone XR and its selection of vibrant paintjobs).

    iPhone 12 camera: we got plenty

    Triple cameras were all the hype in 2019, but where do we go from here? A combination of ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses seems to cover pretty much everything a smartphone photographer might want or need, right? Well, time to start messing with Augmented Reality!

    A new rumor also says Apple is experimenting with a 64 MP sensor this time around. Not to let Samsung run the Second Megapixel Wars, Apple might be planning a huge resolution upgrade as well as possibly a better zoom for its iPhone 12 Pro series. There has been no word on any type of periscope technology being worked on by Cupertino, so it's possible that Apple might be working on software-augmented zooming instead.

    Not only are we getting a new sensors. Allegedly, the lenses will be upgraded, too — up to a high-quality 7-element lens for the main camera. Unfortunately, this new lens and the current pandemic might also be the reason why the iPhones get slightly delayed.

    The telephoto and ultra-wide cameras will be getting a small upgrade, too. Reportedly, they will be able to support Night Mode — a feature that is currently limited to just the main camera of the iPhone 11 series. Not only that, the ultra-wide camera of the iPhone 12 will have a 35% wider aperture — F1.6 — which would let much more light hit the sensor.

    Rumor is, Apple will be adding the same LiDAR sensor on the back that the new iPad Pro has. This will probably be a feature exclusive to the Pro line. The super-powered ToF camera, it'll be able to accurately scan the environment and objects around you, so you can interact with them in digital space. Or vice-versa — see how digital items will look in the real world through your viewfinder. It should also help with making even more convincing Portrait Mode shots. Apple has said time and again that it does believe that AR is the future, so we should soon see why and how that is...

    4K slow motion

    Reportedly, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be able to record 4K video at up to 240 frames per second. This means up to 8 times slow motion for clips. Supposedly, this feat will be accomplished thanks to the new Apple A14 processor working in unison with a new image co-processor. 

    Update: LiDAR only on one iPhone?

    The most recent LiDAR rumor says that the new time-of-flight sensor would only be present on one of the iPhone 12 models — the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The camera module would also not have that 2x2 quad design for the sensors, but would repeat the "stove design" that we are currently familiar with. As per the newly-leaked CAD images, the LiDAR sensor will just be tucked away in a corner, to the lower-right of the trio of cameras.

    iPhone 12 display: OLED you glad we switched?

    We are hearing that we might get a grand total of 4 main smartphone models, not couting their 5G counterparts (more on that later). These would have 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch displays on the non-Pro models and 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches on the Pro models.

    We've been hearing that Apple plans to ditch LCD on its 2020 iPhones for a while now. Analysts seem adamant that the full 2020 lineup will have AMOLED panels and a report in Korean media pointed out that Apple will be buying the OLED panels from Samsung and LG. Word is, Samsung will be the main supplier for the Pro models, while LG will be helping out for the non-Pros.

    120 Hz — maybe... maybe not

    We've been hearing a ton about ProMotion coming to the iPhone. A 120 Hz refresh rate for super-smooth animations — just like on the iPad Pro and competing Android phones. However, rumors keep talking about internal issues around making that 120 Hz screen work "just right". We don't know what exactly Apple is aiming for, but the rumor mill says the company will either get its 120 Hz screens just right, or scrap them and not do them at all. According to the latest rumor — there won't be a 120 Hz screen on the iPhone 12. But hey... there's still time, so fingers crossed!

    iPhone 12 processor: steeds in your pocket

    The Apple A13 Bionic processor is already extremely powerful. Many would argue that it’s being held back by iOS but the ultimate point is that it provides for super snappy performance and raises the iPhone 11’s computational photography to a whole new level.

    Rumor has it, we haven’t seen anything yet. In 2020, Apple will introduce a new chip, built on a 5 nm process, which would supposedly kick the A13 Bionic to the curb. Whispers through the grapevine say it would bring the iPhone's performance prowess up to MacBook Air levels.

    Of course, take this with a grain of salt. Even if the processor itself is capable, it still needs to adhere to some limitations. Like the fact that it needs to operate on a battery without draining it immediately and that it's enclosed in a small body and heat production needs to be managed.

    What’s with the nanometers? Basically, the smaller the distance between the components, the less energy they drain and the smaller the processor is. So, in terms of battery drain to productive power conversion, the less nm, the better. The current A13 is built on a 7 nm process, which is pretty impressive as it is. The projected speed boost for the 2020 Apple processors is about 15% over the current generation.

    iPhone 12 battery

    New reports have surfaced, telling grim tales of the battery capacities of the new iPhone 12 series. While in 2019, we saw the battery capacity in the iPhones grow in comparison to its predecessors, it looks like it might be shrinking in 2020.

    According to the report, these are the battery sizes in the upcoming iPhone 12 models:

    • 5.4" Apple iPhone 12 battery: 2227mAh
    • 6.1" Apple iPhone 12 Max battery: 2775mAh
    • 6.1" Apple iPhone 12 Pro battery: 2775mAh
    • 6.7" Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max battery: 3687mAh

    For comparison's sake, here's how the current iPhone batteries are listed:

    • 6.1" Apple iPhone 11: 3110 mAh
    • 5.8" Apple iPhone 11 Pro: 3046 mAh
    • 6.5" Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 3969 mAh
    • 4.7" Apple iPhone SE (2020): 1821 mAh

    Rumors are rumors and these numbers may not be exact. Right now, it seems that the new energy-efficient processors will be balanced out by smaller batteries, so no insane boost in battery endurance.

    We've also been hearing that Apple plans to ship the iPhone 12 units without a charger in the box. And even a leak, which showed us a thinner, less wasteful box in which the iPhone 12 series will sell.

    iPhone 12 fingerprint scanners?

    On the topic of fingerprint scanners, the rumor mill has been kind of erratic. Some claim that Apple plans to put under-the-screen Touch ID in the near future, others insist these plans have been shelved. And we have to say, it doesn’t sound very Apple-ish if they put both Touch ID and Face ID on the iPhone. It was always about minimalism and never about stuffing the iPhone chock-full of features.

    Yet, some unnamed sources allegedly claimed that Cupertino is busy testing in-screen fingerprint tech and looking at options of implementing it. Reasons — unknown.

    A very curious report came out in the past, which kind of rekindled the in-display Touch ID talks. Allegedly, Apple was thinking about producing a special iPhone version just for the Chinese market. This one would have no Face ID and would sport a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display. It’s supposed to be a bit cheaper than your regular iPhone and would be positioned to battle giants like Huawei and Xiaomi on their home turf. Interesting for sure, and it sounds like it might be an epic battle.

    iPhone 12 5G: speeding into the future?

    Oh, it went by so fast, you couldn’t see it. In seriousness, though, Apple is known to not be first in line when it comes to adopting technology while it’s still in its shaky stages. And that’s where 5G is — limited coverage, clunky components required to support it, and so on.

    Reports say that we will see 5G iPhones in 2020 at the earliest and we've already heard crazy conflicting reports on how many different iPhone 12 variants to expect this year. First, some said there will be a total of 6 versions — most of which would just be 4G / 5G versions of the same thing. Then, we got consistent reports that there will be 4 different iPhones — two non-Pro and two Pro models, with only the Pros supporting 5G. It looks like even Apple wasn't sure what angle to approach this 5G thing at, since suppliers were reportedly waiting on news from Apple on whether they should amp up production or not.

    As per the latest leaks, all four iPhones (the 5.4", 6.1", 6.1" and 6.7" models) will have a 5G modem, however, there will be a 4G only variant of the smallest iPhone 12. Supposedly, that one would be more of an international model, meant to sell in countries where 5G is still not even close to being built. That'd also make it a slightly cheaper iPhone 12, some have speculated.

    No headphones in the box

    A speculated move that would probably anger many — analysts suggest that Apple will stop shipping EarPods with its new iPhones. The motivation behind that, as per analyst reports, is that Apple would like to add incentive for users to buy AirPods instead. Omitting both chargers and earphones from the box in one go might be a bit too much for users to handle — we'll see how the audience reception pans out, if this turns out to be true.

    This decision would pretty much be the next step of what Apple already started with the iPhone XS, when it stopped shipping jack-to-Lightning dongles inside the box. You either had to use earphones with a Lightning port, go out of your way and buy the dongle separately, or just give in and use wireless headphones.

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