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During a virtual event on September 15thApple launched two new wearables, the Apple Watch Series 6 and View SE as well as a number of iPads. 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 that Covid-19 outbreak has forced suppliers in China to shut down or operate with limited capacity. This not only affected Apple's inventory in Septemberbut it can affect Sale too. Apple also closed its US retail storesalthough now some have reopened on a limited scale. All of this culminated in Apple confirms there will be a delay on the iPhone 11 sequels, maybe in October. Our well-founded guess for the iPhone 12, the announcement is either October 13th or October 14th.


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Despite such glitches and Apple's veil of secrecy, there are a few things we know about the iPhone 12. After what we saw iOS 14 (which is now available for download) we can expect the phone to have software features such as Widgets, 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 Note 20 and Note 20 Ultraas well as the flagship Galaxy S20 phones. The later timeline could have some unexpected positive consequences as well, including Giving carriers like Verizon more time 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, Here are three things you can do right now to prepare for iPhone 12.

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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 Possible Apple livestream event planned for September 10th. 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 the The iPhone 12 will be unveiled during an event on October 12th and will be delivered on October 19th, for example.

Release Date: The iPhone 12 may not ship until October

Despite Apple's largest manufacturer, Foxconn, reassure investors that it should still be in its fall scheduleThe Wall Street Journal reported that the The iPhone 12 could experience delays. 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 CFO Luca Maestri almost confirmed this A 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, We were pleasantly surprised that its base model was $ 699, which was $ 50 cheaper than 2018 iPhone XR. That trend could continue, with a tech analyst reporting it Apple will be offering the iPhone 12 at a price of $ 649, 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 expects The company introduces three 5G phonesand Fast Company reported that Apple may be using its own 5G antennas.

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. because of a dispute over Qualcomm's royalties. The two companies their disputes settled in April 2019 and then agreed a multi-year 5G chip deal. This led Apple's previous partner for 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately do so Quit the 5G phone modem business total and Apple later acquired Intel's smartphone modem business 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 Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

Regardless of the launch date, Apple's release of a 5G phone is not only remarkable for that reason The phone can connect to the next generation networkbut also because of this outstanding feature will not be completely under Apple's control. 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 speculated Completely revise the design of the iPhone with 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 Apple may not have included its wired EarPod headphones in the iPhone 12 box. This would be a move to encourage people to buy the company's wireless network AirPods instead. Apple has had EarPod headphones since then iPhone 5 release in 2012So this would be a remarkable change. AirPod and AirPod Pro Earphones are currently priced at $ 159 (£ 159, AU $ 249) and $ 249 (£ 249, AU $ 399), respectively.

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The iPhone 12 may not come with an AC adapter.

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Ming-Chi Kuo expects the The iPhone 12 is delivered without a power supply unit even 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 Don't come with headphones either – 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 still come with a charger in the box.

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 You like the shadow or you don't, the color variant actually Sold well compared to expectations. There may be a chance this year that Apple will bring another new color to market. Navy blue, on the iPhone 12 Pro 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 Apple may introduce new screen sizes. One of the models should be loud according to the iPhone 12 Mini a leak on September 24th, could have a 5.4 inch screen (from the current iPhones that are iPhone SE has the smallest display measuring 4.7 inches). And the iPhone 12 Pro Max could get up to 6.7 inches (for reference, the iPhone 11 Pro max has a 6.5 inch display).

There is also speculation that the iPhone 12 will appear will have a refresh rate of 120 Hz and maybe that The iPhone 12 Pro may have a ProMotion displaythat is currently being presented at the iPad Pro. Most phones update at 60 frames per second or 60 Hz, other phones like the Galaxy S20 and that OnePlus 8 Pro Refresh at 120 Hz. With a higher refresh rate, a phone feels faster and smoother when scrolling through websites and apps.

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A rendering of what the iPhone 12 could look like.

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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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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 as face recognitionThis 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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