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iPhone 12 Rumours - Everything we know ahead of next week’s launch

10 Oct 2020
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We’ve got the sauce on what Apple's cooking up with their 2020 iPhone range

After months of speculation and a series of setbacks which forced Apple to delay their traditional September iPhone launch. Apple is now on the cusp of announcing the iPhone 12, with a special event set to take place virtually on October 14.

For the eager beavers who want to catch the action, you can live stream the event through Apple’s website on Wednesday October 14 at 6:30am (AEST).

As is always the case, there’s been tons of rumours circulating over the past twelve plus months and it’s widely expected the iPhone 12 will be the first iPhone to include 5G connectivity.

Outside of 5G, Apple’s 2020 iPhone range is set to feature some of the more substantial design changes we've seen from Apple for awhile, with this year’s iPhone opting for a flat edge design reminiscent of the iPhone 4.

With under a week to go until we will see the new iPhones in all their glory, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know ahead of its release.

At a glance: rumoured iPhone 12 features

  • Four models (iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Refreshed phone design - flat edges are back!
  • 5G connectivity
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • Full OLED displays
  • A14 Bionic Chip

Four Models, Three Sizes

The majority of rumours and leaks over the past year have all pointed to the notion that we will see four iPhone 12 models announced by Apple on October 14.

The ‘smallest’ being the rumoured iPhone 12 Mini at 5.4”, followed by the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro at 6.1” and the mammoth iPhone 12 Pro Max, which could come in at a whopping 6.7”

For size reference, the iPhone 11 was 6.1”, iPhone 11 Pro 5.8” and the iPhone 11 Pro Max 6.5”

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5G is calling

Since a report in late 2019 from highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it’s been widely assumed all four iPhone 12 models will include 5G connectively for the first time, with Apple planning to transition back to Qualcomm modem chips and leverage Qualcomm's X55 5G modem.

Squared edges are back!

iPhone 12 Render
Image Credit: EverythingApplePro (YouTube)

Feeling nostalgic? You're in luck. All four iPhone 12 models will be spearheaded by a squared-edge design, that pays homage to the iPhone 4, with the introduction of a flat edged stainless-steel frame, to replace the current rounded model.

All four phones are also expected to feature OLED displays, with Apple moving away from any remaining LCD models with this years lineup.

Triple lens 3D camera

iPhone 12 Render
Image Credit: WCCFTECH

Given the positive reception regarding the iPhone 11’s photo taking ability, we’re eager to see what Apple will conjure up this time round in terms of its camera phones.

Following suit with their 2019 lineup, rumours suggest the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will include two rear cameras, with the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max set to feature three, alongside a new time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.

The new (ToF) sensor would use similar technology to what’s used with the TrueDepth camera system which powers FaceID on the front side of the latest iPhones, and would enable greater 3D photo captures and allow users to map objects from further away.

The addition of this new lens, should lead to improved augmented reality experiences and potentially take Portrait mode to the next level.

Smooth, smooth refresh rate

With most phones utilising a refresh rate of 60 frames per seconds (60Hz), Apple is looking to join the likes of the Samsung S20/S20 Ultra and the OnePlus 8/8 Pro (to name a few), by rolling out a 120Hz ProMotion display for its higher end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models.

The feature, which already exists in the iPad Pro, should bring an incredibly smooth scrolling experience to the device, especially as users scroll through dynamic content on their device.

The regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will likely offer 60Hz displays.

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Feeling blue?

Last year Apple introduced amidnight green colour offering with the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which proved to be one of the more well received iPhone colour options we've seen from Apple.

This time round, Apple is expected to replace their midnight green offering with a dark blue variant which looks very smooth in the concept images that have been floating around.

A14 bionic chip

It's widely expected the iPhone 12 will be powered by Apple’s next gen A14 bionic chip, potentially providing a 15 % performance boost, while also being 30% more efficient which should hopefully bring some improvements to the overall battery life.

When you consider Apple’s current CPU (the A13), is probably the best CPU in the market, slightly edging out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers many of the latest, flagship Android devices, we're excited to see how much power Apple's new processor will be able to provide.

Pricing

In 2019, we saw the iPhone 11 base model start at a very respectable $1,199 (AUD), with its older sibling, the iPhone 11 Pro Max launching at $1899 (64GB).

We were huge fans of the value provided in the iPhone 11 considering its price point, and this trend may continue, with tech analyst Jon Prosser indicating the iPhone 12 base model could launch at a slightly lower cost price to its 2019 predecessor at $649 (USD) / $910 (AUD).

The iPhone 12 Pro Max could also be priced lower than last year’s comparative model, at $1099 (USD)/$1600 (AUD), which could prove to be a game changer for pundits looking to scoop up a premium 5G mobile device.

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