Hearsay about Apple’s upcoming 2020 iPhones, Which is iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Apple’s fall event is fast approaching, and while Apple hasn’t announced the launch date, we’re pretty sure the keynote will be online for the second week of September. As normal, leaks and rumours have already disclosed almost everything about the iPhone 12 series. Still, we don’t know much about the new iPhones, especially the Pro range.
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2020 iPhone 12 And iPhone 12 Pro lineup
We are a few months away from the launch of the 2020 iPhones, which are expected in September or October 2020, but there are already hundreds of reports about the upcoming iPhones. We expect the 2020 iPhones to be named iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro if Apple implements the same naming scheme as the 2019 iPhone lineup.
The 2020 iPhones will feature substantial upgrades, including some of the first interface improvements we’ve seen since the iPhone X was launched in 2017. We’re expecting four iPhones in three display sizes, which may be 5.4, 6.7, and 6.1 inches (x2).
Hearsays say that the 6.7-inch iPhone and a 6.1-inch model would be higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag. All iPhones are expected to feature OLED display technology at any price in 2020 and a refresh rate of 120Hz “ProMotion” may be included in some of the higher-end models, though that’s not guaranteed due to battery life constraints and Apple could wait until 2021 to add the feature.
The 2020 iPhone 12 Size
The 2020 iPhone 12 will be the smallest iPhone Apple has launched since the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. At 6.7 inches, the 2020 iPhone 12 Pro will be Apple’s biggest iPhone to date, followed by the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max. The two 6.1-inch versions are identical in size to the current iPhone 11.
2020 will be the first year that Apple will launch 5 G connectivity for iPhone, enabling new users to link to 5 G networks that are much faster than 4 G LTE networks. According to reports, all iPhones in the iPhone 12 series will have 5 G connectivity, but it is not yet clear if all iPhone 12 models will have super-fast mmWave support in all countries, as some countries have not introduced it.
The iPhone 12 models will release in 2020 and will use the Apple-designed 5-nanometer A14 chip manufactured by TSMC. The A14 chip is expected to offer both speed and performance improvements that could lead to minor increases in battery life to account for 5 G, which requires an external battery.
Rumours say that Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the iPhone 12 model package, enabling the company to reduce manufacturing costs and shipping costs. Instead, Apple will sell a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could be upgraded, though, with reports suggesting that Apple plans to launch a new wired cable style.
Apple’s iPhone naming plans have been confusing ever since the iPhone 8 launched alongside the iPhone X in 2017, missing the iPhone 9 completely. Apple continued the confusing naming scheme in 2018 with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, but things became simpler in 2019 with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.
Apple previously had a numerical increase and then a “S” year, but since the improvements anticipated in 2020 are so drastic, it’s doubtful that we’re going to get an iPhone 11S or equivalent, so it’s much more likely that we’re going to see an iPhone 12.
If the lower-end follow-up to the iPhone 11 is called iPhone 12 (which is what we’re going to call it), so we should consider the two higher-end smartphones that are arriving in 2020 to be iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. These are the names that Apple has used since the first iPhone released in 2007:
- 2007 – iPhone
- 2008 – iPhone 3G
- 2009 – iPhone 3GS
- 2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)
- 2011 – iPhone 4s
- 2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)
- 2013 – iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c
- 2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)
- 2015 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- 2016 – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- 2017 – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (new design)
- 2018 – iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
- 2019 – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
Of course, before the new devices are announced, there’s no confirmation that these new devices will be named iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, but it’s the guess that makes the most sense at this point.
iPhone 12 Size Options
New fame is that Apple will sell four iPhones in three different sizes, with Apple adding new sizes for the first time in a few years. So far, rumours indicate that we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone, and two 6.1-inch iPhones. 5.4 inches is smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro, while 6.7 inches is larger than the current iPhone 11 Pro Max. Fans suggest that the 5.4-inch handset is similar to the same size as the iPhone 8.
One 6.1-inch model and one 6.7-inch model will be the higher-end “Pro” iPhones, while the other 6.1-inch iPhone and the 5.4-inch iPhone will be the lower-end versions and successors to the iPhone 11. The higher-end iPhones feature newer camera systems with triple-lens setups, while the lower-end iPhones feature dual-lens camera setups.
Let’s Put A Glance To The 5.4-Inch iPhone
We crafted images that let iPhone owners who have a full-screen iPhone imagine the size of the upcoming 5.4-inch iPhone. The 5.4-inch iPhone would be the smallest iPhone that Apple has launched in recent years and will please those looking for a smaller form factor.
Design Of iPhone 12 And iPhone 12 Pro
The 2020 iPhones will have a new metal frame that is identical to the iPhone 4 model. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the new iPhones would use a more complicated segmentation system and modern trenching and injection moulding methods.
The overall style, however, will mimic the iPhone 4 or iPad Pro with a rounded, stainless steel frame between two pieces of glass. The new iPhone will have a stainless steel frame that will replace the existing rounded stainless steel frame and will continue to use front and back glass for the body of the smartphone.
Metal grooving and injection moulding in the frame is said to reduce the negative effect of metal shielding on the high-frequency transmitting capacity of the internal antenna. Kuo believes that Apple will use sapphire or tempered glass to protect the grooves in the frame.
According to Bloomberg, in 2020 at least two of Apple’s high-end iPhones will have a new design with smooth, stainless steel edges instead of curved edges, reminiscent of the iPad Pro series.
Size & designs
Along with the iPad Pro-style design and size tweaks, leaked schematics that allegedly reveal Apple’s plans for the device also show several other minor design tweaks worth noting, as listed below:
- Slightly larger camera lenses
- Thicker antenna lines at the side for 5G
- SIM tray relocated to the left side of the device
- Smart Connector-like input on the right (which may actually be an antenna)
- One less speaker hole on right side of the speaker grille
- Slightly lower power button
There will be a Lightning port on the iPhone 12, with Apple choosing to use Lightning instead of switching to USB-C.
Colors Of iPhone 12
One speculation indicates that at least one of the 12 iPhone models will come with a new navy blue finish. Apple has launched a new midnight green colour with the iPhone 11 Pro series, so it’s not unwise to believe there may be a new blue color in the works as well.
Another report indicates that the iPhone 12 models will come in light blue, yellow, and light orange, among other colors.
Case Moulds Of iPhone 12
iPhone 12 case moulds and CAD images surfaced in June 2020, offering a closer look at the different sizes of each iPhone. These are physical moulds that are developed based on leaked schematics by third-party case makers.
There’s a lot of money to be the first to come out with a product, and more often than not, these kinds of molds end up being specifically developed on the basis of supply chain leaks.
The moulds are basic, but they do feature the iPhone 4-style design that the iPhone 12 models are expected to follow. Notice that the notch may not be indicative of the size of the actual notch as it is possible that the case makers do not need to have this detail for case development purposes.
Show information expected to leak for each iPhone, with details below:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12 – OLED display from Samsung Display with Y-OCTA integrated touch. 2340 x 1080 resolution with 475 PPI.
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max – OLED display from BOE/LG Display with a 2532 x 1170 resolution and 460 PPI.
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro – OLED display from Samsung, possibly with XDR. ProMotion possible, but not guaranteed based on power requirements and lack of LTPO. 2532 x 1170 resolution and 460 PPI.
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max – OLED display from Samsung with Y-OCTA support and possibly with XDR. ProMotion possible, but not guaranteed based on power requirements and lack of LTPO. 2778 x 1284 resolution at 458 PPI.
New fame suggests that TSMC will manufacture 5-nanometer chips that Apple will use in its 2020 iPhone lineup. The 5-nanometer process will produce chips that are smaller, faster and more efficient due to improved thermal management.
The A14 chip could have improved output by 15 per cent and decreased power consumption by 30 per cent compared to the A13 chip. The A14 chip will focus on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks, according to Bloomberg.
Estimated RAM Of iPhone 12
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis claims that the iPhone 12 Pro models will have 6 GB of RAM, while the iPhone 12 will have 4 GB of RAM, which was also echoed by the leaker L0vetodream. UBS analysts also assume that the four iPhones in production would contain differing quantities of RAM. They are expecting a 6.7-inch iPhone with 6 GB of RAM, a 6.1-inch iPhone with 6 GB of RAM, a 6.1-inch iPhone with 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.4-inch iPhone with 4 GB of RAM.
It’s not known if these battery capacities are accurate, but if they are, with processor improvements, battery life could be about the same as the prior-year models. 5G connectivity is a concern, however, so we’ll need to wait to see how battery life in the iPhone 12 compares to iPhone 11 battery life.
Since the 5 G components in the iPhone 12 models are so costly, Apple is trying to save money when it comes to other components. Apple is switching to a simpler and smaller battery board design with fewer layers, which will be 40 to 50 percent cheaper than the comparable portion of the iPhone 11 series.
The LiDAR scanner in the iPad Pro uses reflected light to determine the distance between the sensor and the surrounding objects up to five meters away, which is equal to 16.4 feet. It operates indoors and outdoors, and is basically capable of imaging the world around you at nano-second speeds at photon level.
So far, reports suggest that the two higher-end iPhones arriving in 2020 will use the latest time-of-flight rear camera, but it might not be included in the lower-end iPhones that will have a lower price tag. There is also a chance that it might be limited to a high-end 6.7-inch iPhone.
As with the 2019 iPhone series, the 2020 iPhones are supposed to have different camera technologies. UBS analysts claim that Apple is working on high-end 6.7 and 6.1-inch iPhones with triple-lens cameras, whereas low-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch iPhones may feature dual-lens cameras.
Apple could include new camera modes on the higher-end iPhone 12 models, allowing them to shoot 4K video at 120 and 240 frames per second. The new camera modes are reportedly referenced in iOS 14.
TrueDepth Camera System
Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg claim that at least one new iPhone in 2020 will feature a smaller front camera lens for an increased bezel-to-screen ratio, potentially leading to a smaller front notch. Rumours were mixed on this stage, however, and some mockups and schematics featured notches of the same size as the notch on the current models.
Barclays analysts claim that the iPhone 12 will feature a “refreshed” TrueDepth camera system, but there are no Barclay’s specifics about what could be changed.
Credit Suisse analyst said that Apple will launch at least one new noch iPhone or Face ID in 2020, relying instead on an under-display fingerprint sensor, although this technology could still be a few years off. Bloomberg has indicated that the notch could be completely removed in future iPhones, but that it is likely to be present in 2020 iPhones.
Though multiple sources have suggested the 2020 iPhone lineup will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modems, Taiwanese site DigiTimes believes the devices could instead use the Snapdragon X60.
The X60 is more power-efficient and has a smaller footprint than the X55, and it is able to aggregate data from mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously for a more optimal combination of high-speed and low-latency network coverage. It’s not clear if DigiTimes is accurate as the X60 was released in February, which isn’t enough time for testing. Qualcomm has also said that chips using the X60 won’t launch until 2021.
Apple’s 2020 iPhones could also embrace a new Wi-Fi standard known as IEEE 802.11ay, a follow-up to 802.11ad that quadruples the bandwidth and provides up to four sources of simultaneous transmission/reception. The WiFi spéc uses the 60GHz spectrum and is planned to be completed by the end of 2020.
iPhone 12 Price
Rumours say that the iPhone 12 will cost as little as $649 this year, which will be the lowest price that Apple has ever paid for an OLED iPhone. The iPhone 12 cost ranges from $649 to $1,099, with the following price figures rumoured:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12: $649
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12: $749
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro: $999
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1,099
Several reports indicated that pricing in 2020 would be around the same as pricing in 2019, but Analyst Jeff Pu claims that iPhone 12 pricing would start at $749 for the 5.4-inch model, up $50 from the entry-level iPhone 11 model, priced at $699.
Based on this price point, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 could start at $799 or $849. It is not clear if the price increase will also include higher-end Pro versions, which are currently priced at $999 and $1,099.
iPhone 12 Release Date
That statement suggests that we can expect the iPhone 12 lineup to be released in October 2020, perhaps towards the middle of the month.
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What’s Developing in the Future
Wedbush Securities analysts believe Apple will release a 4G iPhone 12 in 2021, which could be priced cheaper than the 5G iPhone 12 models. The analysts suggested the price point would be $800, but that would be more expensive than the rumoured price of the lower-end iPhone 12 and 12 Max, so the prediction could be off.
Later in 2021
Apple designers are said to ultimately be aiming to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone for a clean, streamlined device. If wireless charging technology improves, Apple could potentially get rid of wired charging altogether, and rumours indicate Apple will release an iPhone without a Lightning port in 2021.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the highest-end iPhone model coming in 2021 will offer a “completely wireless experience.” Charging would, presumably, be done all wirelessly through Qi-based wireless charging accessories.
Apple could be planning to combine wireless charging and a port-less Smart Connector system for data transfer and syncing.
Apple to introduce
Kuo also expects Apple to introduce an “iPhone SE 2 Plus” with a full-screen design, no Face ID, and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the power button in 2021. This device is expected to feature a 5.5 or 6.1-inch LCD display and it will be positioned as a lower-cost iPhone.
Kuo believes this iPhone will feature an LCD display and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the side button of the iPhone.
Qualcomm in February 2020 introduced the Snapdragon X60, its third-generation 5G modem, which is expected to be used in smartphones starting in early 2021. Apple could adopt the Snapdragon X60 for iPhones set to be released in the fall of 2021.
Barclays analysts also believe that starting in 2021, Apple will remove the Lightning connector from at least one iPhone model.
iPhones coming in 2021
Two to three iPhones coming in 2021 are expected to have the sensor-shift stabilization predicted for the high-end 6.7-inch 2020 iPhone, and the 2022 iPhone could feature a periscope lens for much improved optical zoom capabilities.
Leaker Fudge (@choco_bit) has suggested the iPhone 13 will feature some major camera improvements, but it’s so early in the development cycle that Apple’s plans could change or the information could be inaccurate, so the leak should be viewed with scepticism until confirmed. Here’s what Fudge says is in the works:
- 64-megapixel wide-angle lens with 1x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom
- 40-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x-5x optical zoom and 15-20x digital zoom
- 64-megapixel anamorphic lens for video capture (2.1:1)
- 40-megapixel .25x min ultra-wide-angle lens with optical reverse zoom
- LiDAR 4.0
In Japanese site
Japanese site Mac Otakara has shared a rough mockup and rumours that suggest at least one 2020 model will feature a notchless design with an under-display camera, ultra-thin bezels, and a USB-C port, but it’s not clear if this information is accurate.
Apple’s supply chain partners are developing OLED displays using LTPO backplane technology for 2021 iPhones, which will result in better power efficiency and possibly longer battery life. LTPO may be necessary for Apple to bring 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates to iPhone displays.
Apple’s 2021 iPhones may feature single 5G band support, working on mmWave or sub-6GHz networks, but not both. This would allow Apple to save money in countries where mmWave 5G technology has not been implemented.
Due to the cost of 5G components, Apple for its 2021 iPhones will cut costs in other areas. It will adopt a soft battery board design that will drop costs 30 to 40 percent compared to the iPhone 12 board price.