iPhone 12: Release Date, Rumours, and Everything Else You Need to Know
The world eagerly awaits each new iPhone model, and the iPhone 12 is not the exception despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The reason is simple:- Apple never ceases to impress us with an abundance of new features and capabilities that raise the standards for other manufacturers and their devices. Hence, it is impossible not to wonder about the iPhone 12 and features it could offer or whether it is worth buying one. In this post, you are going to learn everything you need about iPhone 12. Let’s start.
The only certain thing about Apple is that we can never be sure how they will name the upcoming devices. Their iPhone-naming plans have been confusing, to say the least, ever since iPhone 8 debuted alongside iPhone X. That way, the company skipped the iPhone 9 entirely, and nobody saw it coming.
While we can predict features and release dates, names are harder to guess. For example, name-related confusion became even worse in 2018 when they released iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. In 2019, Apple released iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max Pro. Again, no specific pattern!
Since it is highly unlikely the tech giant will release iPhone XS or something like that, we will probably get iPhone 12 (which is how people call the much-anticipated release anyway). Apple will likely release two or three models, which they may name iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, but they may decide to switch things up again.
Design and features
Some people love all about Apple while others do not, but we can all agree on one thing – the brand keeps raising the standards for design and other specifications of smartphones. The design and screen of the upcoming iPhone could come with big changes and upgrades compared to previous models.
Apple getting rid of the notch could be one of these important changes for the new model of iPhone. Well, some models may still feature a notch, but reports say that at least one model will be without it. This is a big change if we bear in mind that top-notch housing camera and the upper speaker is the most distinctive feature of the newest iPhone models.
Rumour has it that Apple aims to reduce or entirely remove the notch starting with at least one model in 2020, followed by all models in 2021 and later. The reason behind the reduction or complete removal of the notch is down to the fact that Apple wants to embrace under-screen technology for the front-facing camera in future models.
If Apple goes through with dropping the notch for at least one iPhone 12 model, the “victim” could be Face ID. The feature allows for a faster login than regular face recognition through a smartphone camera. Removal of the notch leads to a loss of Apple’s Face ID.
Apple is not a type of company that would get rid of some important features without finding a solution for it first. It is believed that Apple would solve this problem by adding the in-screen fingerprint recognition.
Now what we are all wondering is which iPhone 12 model would come without the notch and feature the new technology. If we go by the fact that Apple adds all the newest and best features to the most advanced model they are about to release that year, then we could expect iPhone Pro Max (or any other name alternative they come up with) to feature in-screen fingerprint recognition and no-notch design.
Removal of the notch is not the only design change we will see in the upcoming iPhone model. Apple is highly likely to stick with a glass back and a metal frame, but at the same time, they will change the design of the latter. In other words, it is probably going to be like the metal frame used for iPhone 4. As a result, the new iPhone could have flat edges instead of round ones it has now.
Considering that iPhone 4 is an old model, it may seem unusual that Apple would just take its design feature for the latest model. Years have gone by, and technology has improved, so why use something that caused signal issues back then?
Apple has a fix for that, naturally.
The upcoming iPhone will have a more complicated segmentation design as well as new trenching and injection molding procedures. The trench injection molding structure is going to be protected by tempered glass or sapphire cover assembly. The purpose of the injection molding is to decrease the negative impact of metal on high-frequency transmission emitted from the internal antenna. More precisely, the injection molding is set to prevent signal issues and provide a seamless and smooth user experience.
On the flip side, the addition of sapphire or tempered glass is meant to make the new iPhone more durable. Of course, these design changes imply the need for more expensive materials, which could influence the price. We will talk about pricing further down in the article.
Bear in mind that rumours are rumours, and we should take them all with a grain of salt until the official reveals by the brand itself. For instance, some reports state that the design of the upcoming iPhone won’t be that different compared to previous models. According to those rumours, the only noticeable difference in iPhone 12 could be the size and dimensions of cameras.
Regarding features, one of the most recent leaks showed a new iPhone would come with a major upgrade. We are talking about Apple’s CarKey iPhone upgrade, which will allow owners to unlock or share their cars with others just by using their phones. Rumour has it that the first partner in this endeavour is BMW.
Screen size is a feature that people discuss the most, alongside camera resolution. Rumour has it that Apple may introduce new screen sizes with iPhone 12. Analysts assume that Apple may decrease the screen size of the 2020 version of iPhone 11 Pro (i.e., iPhone 12) from 5.8 inches to 5.4 inches. That being said, some models are set to feature a larger display. For instance, the 2020 equivalent of iPhone 11 Pro Max could go as large as 6.7 inches, while iPhone Pro could be 6.1 inches.
Just a reminder – screen size of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is 6.5 inches. In other words, iPhone 12 could come in different screen size options where some are larger and others shorter than those of the current iPhone devices.
Speaking of the screen, there is speculation that the display of the new iPhone will have a 120Hz refresh rate. Now, if we take into consideration that most phones have a 60Hz refresh rate i.e., they refresh at 60 frames per second and others 90, this could be an outstanding feature if speculations turn out to be true. The higher refresh rate is important because it makes phones faster and smoother as users are scrolling through apps and websites.
All models of the new iPhone are set to come with OLED screens and 5G, but some models will probably have two rear cameras, while others will have three.
Cameras and other specs
As previously stated, all iPhone 12 models will support 5G, according to rumours. The 5G support is enabled through a custom-made 5G antenna and a 5nm A14 Bionic processor inside the smartphone. This would also translate to longer battery life and more power than in previous models.
New releases could also come with RAM improvements. In other words, standard iPhone 12 will have 4GB of RAM apparently, while two more advanced models will have 6GB. Fans of iPhone will also be pleased to know that iPhone 12 might support 802.11ay specification, which would allow users to share content at speeds of 20 to 30Gbps. What we are saying here is that the new iPhone is going to be fast just as it is smooth.
Like other aspects of the iPhone, we can also expect a camera to get a decent upgrade. Rumours are Apple is set to include a laser-powered 3D camera on the back. The iPhone 12 may feature 64MP main camera, which would be a major upgrade from 12MP in the current model. To take photography experience to the next level, iPhone 12 may come with multiple lenses that support nighttime shooting. The most advanced version of the iPhone 12 might also feature a sensor-shirt, Apple’s new image stabilisation tech. This feature would enable the sensor to move to counteract camera shake.
Apple likes to switch things up with colours of their iPhones, so we are in for some surprises. The brand is set to replace forest green with navy blue. Not all iPhone models come in the same colour options. Apple likes to create a divide between the prices and colour options i.e., those “classier” and “unique” colours are only available with the most expensive models. Therefore, we probably won’t see the lowest-priced iPhone 12 in navy blue.
Apple’s products come with hefty price tags but are still widely popular, and people even camp outside their stores just to get their hands on the latest models of phones, tablets, you name it. The prices of the iPhone 12 models are expected to be in a similar range as the previous model. For reference, the iPhone 11 price starts at $699, the iPhone 11 Pro costs $999, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max price starts at $1099.
Speaking of prices, although it is reasonable to expect them to be in a similar range as iPhone 11 models, we should not be surprised if they go up. Analysts presume that changes in materials used by Apple to enhance the quality of the iPhone 12 could also lead to increased manufacturing costs and higher prices. If this truly happens, we can expect iPhone 12 to be even more expensive than initially thought.
iPhone 12 release date
Apple is one of those brands that follow a certain schedule in releasing their latest devices and gadgets. They usually unveil new products in September. For example, iPhone 11 lineup was unveiled on September 10, 2019, when they also presented prices for subscription services Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. They also announced that flagship smartphones, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 11 would start shipping on September 16, 2019.
A similar scenario was supposed to happen with iPhone 12, but at this point, it is highly unlikely.
Let’s imagine the ideal scenario first. If Apple were to stay true to the usual schedule they always follow, we could expect iPhone 11 to be released on second Tuesday in September i.e., September 9, 2020.
But, the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of slowing down at the moment, and many companies across all industries are forced to put their plans on hold temporarily. It is expected Apple would do the same. Analysts predict that the launch of the iPhone 12 could be delayed by one or two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay could be necessary to allow both Apple’s business operations and supply chain recuperate after this situation, which jeopardised not only the health of people but financial and economic stability across the globe.
For example, travel restrictions imposed to stop COVID-19 from spreading could delay engineering processes and product verification testing. As a result, the launch of the iPhone 12 could be pushed to a later date. Novel coronavirus disease outbreak makes it difficult for Apple to test early versions of the iPhone 12, so it is theorised the tech giant will need to send engineers to China to finalise designs.
Worst case scenario is that iPhone 12 reveal will occur at the beginning 2021, but chances are high we are going to see it in 2020, just maybe not in September when we are used to getting news about their latest product. However, time will tell what is going to happen.
According to the rumours, iPhone 12 will be faster, smoother, and more powerful than previous models. It could also get a longer battery life! Major upgrades and changes are rumoured for iPhone 12, but you should not forget they are all rumours at this point. We will know what’s exactly accurate or not when Apple officially reveals the newest model.
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 01/04/2020.