The current iPhone 11.
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Apple launched two new wearables, the and as well as . Unfortunately, those hoping for a new iPhone didn't get anything as the company stayed up to date on the new iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max (Apple hasn't confirmed the names of the phones, but we're going to go for these now).
That's because we usually see new flagship iPhones in September thathas forced suppliers in China to shut down or operate with limited capacity. This but it can affect . Apple also closed its although now some have . All of this culminated in on the iPhone 11 sequels, maybe in October. Our well-founded guess .
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Will the iPhone 12 arrive on time?
Despite such glitches and Apple's veil of secrecy, there are a few things we know about the iPhone 12. After what we saw(which is ) we can expect the phone to have software features such as , App libraries and picture-in-picture. Unofficial hardware rumors include rear cameras' 3D depth detection and new screen sizes. Adding 5G connectivity would also make sense considering that Apple's main antagonist, Samsung, has launched several 5G phones this year, including the most recent as well as the flagship . The later timeline could have some unexpected positive consequences as well, including to expand its 5G coverage.
Until that happens, however, check back often as we will keep updating it with the most likely and compelling rumors. And if you are already planning to purchase the device,.
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Top iPhone 12 rumors
- Apple said the iPhone 12 will be available "a few weeks later" than the usual launch in mid-September. A publication date in October is possible.
- There may be four iPhone 12 models in four different screen sizes: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4 inches), the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (6.1 inches), 12 Pro Max (6.7 inches).
- The base iPhone 12 may be cheaper than the starting price of the iPhone 11 at $ 699.
- iPhone 12 phones may have 5G.
- The iPhone 12 may not come with earphones or an AC adapter.
- The iPhone 12 may be dark blue.
- The rear cameras on the iPhone 12 may have 3D depth sensing technology.
Announcement date: May be October
In August, a Twitter user published a screenshot of a. This seemed like a misstep by Apple. The date and time of the event was displayed on Apple's YouTube page and then removed.
The event actually took place on September 15th and it wasn't about the iPhone at all. With that, the date of the iPhone 12 announcement still remains in the air. Another mobile leaker and front page tech host Jon Prosser reported that theand will be delivered on October 19th, for example.
Release Date: The iPhone 12 may not ship until October
Despite Apple's largest manufacturer, Foxconn,The Wall Street Journal reported that the . This is due to the coronavirus pandemic and its unprecedented impact on manufacturing and consumer demands. The report estimates that Apple may wait until October to announce or launch the phone, which is roughly a month after the iPhone's usual launch.
Apple CFOA quarterly call for earnings states: "This year the offer is expected to be available a few weeks later" than in mid-September of the previous year.
Others suggested not a single start date, but several. A rumor from DigiTimes that was picked up by MacRumors suggested that Apple could launch its 2020 iPhones in several stages. The two 6.1-inch iPhone models may be launched first, with the 6.7- and 5.4-inch variants coming later. (For more information on the various speculated iPhone sizes, see below.)
Price: iPhone 12 may be cheaper than iPhone 11
When the iPhone 11 debuted last year,that its base model was $ 699, which was $ 50 cheaper than 2018 . That trend could continue, with a tech analyst reporting it , the iPhone 12 Pro for $ 999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max for $ 1,099.
5G: The iPhone 12 may have next-generation connectivity
Several rumors predict that Apple will offer 5G connectivity this year. In particular, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo expectsand Fast Company reported that .
There are several reasons why the company didn't go on the trend in 2019. First, Apple isn't usually the first to look at mobile trends, preferring to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was lagging behind its competitors in the manufacture of phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks were just launched.
Second, Apple has stopped working with leading 5G modem provider Qualcomm.. The two companies in April 2019 and then agreed . This led Apple's previous partner for 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately do so total and for $ 1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it started too late to launch a 5G phone last year when some of its competitors launched their 5G models like that , and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.
Regardless of the launch date, Apple's release of a 5G phone is not only remarkable for that reasonbut also because of this outstanding feature . 5G networks are being built by network operators, and Apple is taking a risk as users across the country have different experiences with this nascent network depending on network coverage.
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Design: The iPhone 12 may or may not be similar to the iPhone 11
Every two years Apple usually makes notable cosmetic changes to its iPhone to freshen up its look, much to the delight of buyers. However, a report by the Japanese publication Mac Otakara quoting an unnamed Chinese vendor reported that the iPhone 12 will be similar to the iPhone 11. The only possible difference is that the edges of the iPhone 12 are slightly bent.
On the other hand, Apple is also speculatedwith flat edges (similar to the new iPads). This could trigger what Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called "the perfect storm of demand," which would boost sales and create a "super cycle" for Apple.
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Accessories: iPhone 12 may not come with EarPods or power adapter
In one of the more unpopular rumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported on it. This would be a move to encourage people to buy the company's wireless network instead. Apple has had EarPod headphones since then So this would be a remarkable change. AirPod and Earphones are currently priced at $ 159 (£ 159, AU $ 249) and $ 249 (£ 249, AU $ 399), respectively.
The iPhone 12 may not come with an AC adapter.
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Ming-Chi Kuo expects theeven after 9to5Mac. The reason is mainly in the cost. If Apple foregoes that, it can keep costs down while the phone charges with 5G components. This would also help reduce freight costs as the size of the packaging would shrink.
Apple would not be alone with the change. Samsung Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra– If you really need a pair, Samsung will send these for free. But contrary to the rumor about the power supply, the Note is on the phone .
Processor: iPhone 12 will likely have A14 Bionic
Given that the latest iPhones have the A13 Bionic processor, it is very likely that the next proprietary chipset will be called the A14 Bionic. And like every year, we expect this to be faster and more efficient than its predecessor. Specifically, an Apple leaker on Twitter, Komiya, reported that the A14 will have a CPU gain of 40% and a GPU gain of 50%.
Colors: The iPhone 12 Pro may be available in dark blue
Last year Apple introduced a midnight green color for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. If, the color variant actually . There may be a chance this year that Apple will bring another new color to market. according to XDA Developer. This would be in trend as blue is both Pantone's New Year's color pick ("classic blue") and Shutterstock has added "phantom blue" to its 2020 color forecast.
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Technical data and display: Four possible iPhone 12 models
One of the more persistent rumors about the upcoming iPhones is that iPhone 11 Pro max has a 6.5 inch display).. One of the models should be loud according to the iPhone 12 Mini , could have a 5.4 inch screen (from the current iPhones that are has the smallest display measuring 4.7 inches). And the iPhone 12 Pro Max could get up to 6.7 inches (for reference, the
There is also speculation that the iPhone 12 will appearand maybe that that is currently being presented at the . Most phones update at 60 frames per second or 60 Hz, other phones like the Galaxy S20 and that Refresh at 120 Hz. With a higher refresh rate, a phone feels faster and smoother when scrolling through websites and apps.
A rendering of what the iPhone 12 could look like.
With the possibility of new display sizes, rumors have spread that Apple will expand its iPhone line. In December 2019, CNET's Lexy Savvides wrote:
According to JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee, Apple will be releasing four new iPhone 12 models in the fall of 2020: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch phones, and one 6.7-inch phone. All of them have OLED displays.
Those size predictions were also supported this week by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the iPhone 11 Pro's current 5.8-inch size may drop. The 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch models are therefore the devices in the lower price range, which will probably be referred to as the iPhone 12. The more expensive phones then are the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, respectively.
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Will there be five new iPhones in 2020?
Camera: The iPhone 12 may have 3D depth detection
Since the iPhone X, newer iPhones have had front-facing cameras with 3D depth detection. Known asThis feature scans your face to unlock your phone and authorize digital payments. It was rumored that Apple could take it a step up and introduce the same system into the rear cameras. In August 2019, CNET's Vanessa Orellana wrote:
Longtime Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo (via MacRumors and 9to5Mac) expects two of the 2020 iPhones models to have a new lens for the time-of-flight camera on the back of the phone. The setup is similar to that of the current True Depth camera system used for face recognition on the front of the phone, except that it uses a slightly different technology that allows objects to be mapped in 3D from a greater distance. This would vastly improve augmented reality applications and take certain camera features like portrait mode to the next level.
Renderers of the iPhone's camera array with an integrated depth detection lens were brought into circulation. Many online commentators noted how the iPhone 12's possible camera layout resembles a hob.
It's unclear how many of the new iPhones would be equipped with this feature, if any.
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