Most iPhone units out there barely have scratches or nicks on them yet and the internet is already buzzing about the upcoming iPhone 12. We will update this article as new information comes to light.
New leaks and reports from trusted leaker Apple iTimes claim that the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro will have a high refresh-rate display of 120Hz. However, this may not be enabled at launch.
Apple iTimes claims that higher refresh rate has been confirmed, despite other rumours to the contrary.
In addition, tech analyst Jon Prosser said that fans shouldn’t “give up on 120hz on 12 Pro yet”, while lead analyst of DisplaySearch, Ross Young, added:
“Hearing that Apple can get 120Hz Pro panels, but not 120Hz driver ICs. So they will either have to come up with a fix which will be difficult, wait for 120Hz driver ICs and delay the launch possibly significantly or launch with 60Hz. We are hearing they will launch with 60Hz”.
What would it mean it mean if the iPhone does, in fact, have a 120hz display? Glad you asked. It would allow for super-smooth scrolling and animations. The only device currently capable of that, is the iPad Pro 2020 model.
Who would need this kind of technology? Animators or video editors would benefit hugely from a 120hz display.
UPDATE: 23 JULY 2020 — CAMERA SPEC RUMOURS
Even though the iPhone 12’s camera will receive an overhaul, a new report suggests that the device won’t support a powerful zoom. It is said that iPhone users will be “in for a long wait” before Apple’s zoom features catch up with the latest specs.
Trusted Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from Apple Insider claims that customers will be waiting until 2022 for an iPhone with a periscope telephoto lens. That means we will likey have to wait until the iPhone 14’s release.
While this may put Samsung and Huawei ahead in the race for the most powerful phone cameras, Apple is in talks with Korea’s Semco and China’s Sunny Optical.
RAM AND CHIPSET RUMOURS
Several fresh rumours surfaced. The biggest of the bunch, courtesy of Apple insider LoveToDream, is that Apple will equip the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max models with 6GB RAM.
This is an increase of 50% when compared to their predecessors. In addition, acclaimed Apple leaker Jon Prosser confirmed the news, which only makes it more credible.
Unfortunately, the leak states that the regular iPhone 12 device will be left lagging behind with only 4GB RAM. But wait, there’s more.
Trusted reviewer Filip Koroy from Everything Apple Pro said the iPhone 12 range would feature Apple’s A14 chipset. Koroy explained that the A14 chipset will see a performance upgrade when compared to its predecessors.
UPDATE: 1 JULY 2020 — NO CHARGER?
The iPhone 12 may not ship with a charger at all. Consumers will have to pay extra for fast 20W charging, While this enables Apple to ship devices at a lower cost, consumers aren’t happy. Whether this rumour will turn into fact still remains to be seen.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will release a 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for the iPhone 12. Kuo also states in his report that Apple will take it one step further by ending production of both 5W and 18W chargers.
The 18W charger was introduced recently, back in 2019 when Apple launched the iPhone 11 series. However, the charger was only shipped with iPhone 11 Pro models.
TRAIL ASSEMBLY DATE CONFIRMED
According to Foxconn, Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner, customers will still be getting the “latest 5G-enabled iPhones ready for an autumn [US] debut”.
If all goes according to plan – and all things considered with COVID-19 currently spreading faster than wildfire – the iPhone 12 should be released between September and December 2020.
In addition, Bloomberg also confirmed with Goldman Sach’s investor relations chief Alex Yang that Apple will commence its first trial assembly lines for the new iPhone in June 2020. As per Bloomberg:
“Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which makes most of the world’s iPhones, told investors it’s lost time to travel restrictions and other disruptions caused by the pandemic. But with months to go before the first trial assembly lines start in June, Hon Hai can still make the deadline, investor relations chief Alex Yang said on a private conference call hosted by Goldman Sachs.”
CAMERA SPECS CONFIRMED
The most recent leak comes from the reliable Max Weinbach who has partnered with EverythingApplePro. The duo revealed some of the important details about the upcoming iPhone’s camera.
According to Weinbach, the phone will boast a triple-camera setup with Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. It will be the first Apple phone to sport a ToF sensor.
Apple is also testing iPhones with 64 MP camera and is looking to improve the zoom capabilities on the iPhone 12.
FOUR NEW IPHONE DEVICES
Apple has big plans for 2020, including the rollout of 5G-enabled headsets and the alleged launch of four new devices to the iPhone 12 series.
Let’s Go Digital confirmed that the Apple would be releasing four devices this year, as opposes to previous years when an iPhone series consisted of only three devices. (updated 28 January 2020)
It is believed that apple will be release a budget device in March, ahead of the grand release scheduled for September 2020. To give us an idea of what to expect, concept creator Jermaine Smit create the follow introduction video:
WATCH: IPHONE 12 PRO INTRODUCTION
5G RUMOUR DEBUNKED – IPHONE 12 TO SUPPORT MMWAVE 5G AND SUB-6 TECH
As reported by Mehdi Hossein earlier in January, Apple allegedly planned to release the upcoming iPhone 12 in two phases. The release of sub-6GHz in September 2020; and 5G devices which support mmWave in 2021.
This caused an uproar among netizens; many felt disheartened at the prospect of waiting until 2021 for the second launch phase.
Rest assured, trusted industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now confirmed that Apple’s roll-out of the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 will be a “unified affair”. It will encompass both 6GHz and mmWave technologies.
Kuo said to MacRumors that “iPhone models with mmWave would be available in five markets (USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and the UK). He added that Apple may disable the 5G functionality in countries where expansion is limited. (Updated 17 January 2020)
LARGER (AND BETTER) BATTERIES
According to Korean publication The Elec, the iPhone 12 is set to have a bigger battery due to new battery protection circuits. The new device will make use of the Protection Circuit Packages, as opposed to Protection Circuit Modules used in previous devices.
Not only will this free up more space, but it will also go a long way when 5G is installed and devices need all the battery boosters it can get; 5G modems use up more battery juice than LTE modems.
According to The Elec, ITM Semiconducter was brought on board; the company is reportedly building two new plants to handle production capacity. (Updated 24 December 2019.)
A 2020 LINEUP SHAKE-UP
Exciting news! Apple may shake things up a bit and release four new iPhone 12 models in 2020. Yes, that’s right… Four!
Then there’s rumours that Apple would be releasing the iPhone SE 2 in 2020 as well. This would technically bring the total number of iPhones for 2020 to five.
But who’s counting. Spoiler alert, it’s me, I’m counting. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explains:
“Kuo predicts that Apple will introduce 5.4-inch, two 6.1-inch, and a 6.7-inch OLED iPhone models in 2020. He says that all four of these iPhones will also feature 5G connectivity. The difference between all of these models, other than screen sizes, will be camera technology.” (Update 7 December 2019.)
WHEN WILL THE IPHONE 12 BE RELEASED?
Apple is currently working on the iPhone 12 and no set date has been confirmed as yet. However, it’s safe to assume that the device will launch in 2020.
The iPhone 11 was launched in September. If we were to venture a guess, we’d put our money on the first half of September 2020. From 7 to 13 September, to be exact.
TO NOTCH OR NOT TO NOTCH
According to tech insider Benjamin Deskin, Apple may be testing Face ID prototypes with new optics which would significantly reduce the size of the handset.
If that is the case, Apple might do away with the notch altogether. The notch has formed part of the iPhone’s design since the iPhone X. However, Apple might finally be taking a leaf out of Android’s book.
Most of their competitors have done away with notches altogether. A notch is a cut-out at the top part of the screen to increase the surface area of the display; without giving up the front cameras or sensors.
Apple’s competitors have all embraced 5G with open arms, and have at least one generation 5G handset already. While Apple has fallen behind on the 5G train, it will likely change with the iPhone 12.
Rumours strongly suggest that the iPhone 12 will be the first Apple device to offer full 5G support. Moreover, the upcoming device is said to have a Qualcomm 5G modem.
It seems that Apple plans to release its first 5G phone in 2020, and have plans to produce their first 5G chip, the Qualcomm 5G X55, by 2022.
Apple already signed a multi-year deal that will see Qualcomm’s chips in their first 5G handset due out in 2020. With the substantial investment into purchasing Intel’s modem business, it might happen even sooner.
BETTER UI ANIMATIONS
According to trusted leaker Ice Universe, Apple is considering a display with a variable refresh rate of 60Hz/120Hz for their upcoming device. Ice said on Twitter:
“Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020; is discussing with Samsung and LG.”
DESIGN AND CAMERA
Based on the information already available, Phone Arena released renders of what the upcoming 2020 iPhone 12 device could look like; it appears as though the Apple is moving into slab-like territory.
“I love the idea of slab sides and four cameras, the concepts look amazing. But from a solely technical standpoint, what would the fourth camera do?”
According to Victor from Phone Arena, the fourth camera is a Time of Flight (ToF) camera, “solely dedicated to measuring depth”.
WATCH: PHONE ARENA’S IPHONE 12 RENDERS