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iPhone 12 rumours: Everything we know about Apple’s first 5G device 

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

After an eventful WWDC in late June which saw the announcement of iOS 14 (anyone else excited to finally have access to home screen widgets?), we have a much clearer picture on what we can expect to see with the iPhone 12.

Traditionally, Apple will announce and then release their latest iPhone offering in early September, however this time round the launch date is up in the air due to the on-going impacts of Coronavirus. This is partly because overseas suppliers and manufacturers are still facing delays, or operating in a limited capacity, making it difficult to piece together the complex process of a worldwide phone release.

Despite the ongoing disruptions, as we’ve seen with many industries over the past few months, the show must go in a lot of respects and Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models towards the back quarter of this year.

With all this in mind, here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 12.

At a glance: rumoured iPhone 12 features

  • Expected September/October release
  • Four models (iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • 5G connectivity for the first time
  • Refreshed phone design - flat edges are back folks
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • A14 Bionic Chip
  • 120Hz refresh rate on the Pro models

Four 5G models

Since a report in late 2019 from highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it’s become widely assumed that we would see four iPhone 12 models reach our shores at the back end of 2020 - better yet, according to Kuo, all four iPhone 12 models are set to include 5G connectively for the first time.

In terms of size, the iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Max are expected to come in at 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches, with the Pro devices; iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, coming in at 6.1 and 6.7 inches respectively.

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Release date

Let’s be real, early September is the highlight of the mobile release calendar each year, as it’s generally when Apple launches their latest iPhone offering.

While it’s become tradition for Apple to follow this release cycle, there’s question marks whether this will remain true in 2020, with reports from MacRumors suggesting production delays might cause the iPhone launch to be pushed back until October, or even November.

While these aren’t huge delays in the larger scheme of things, it would mark the first time since 2011 the event would need to be pushed back from its normal September date.

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 Apple considering the current economic climate across the globe.

Squared edges are back!

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Feeling nostalgic? You are in luck. All four iPhone 12 models are expected to bring back a squared-edge design, that pays homage to the iPhone 4, with the introduction of stainless-steel frame, to replace the current rounded model.

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

Triple lens 3D camera

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Given the positive reception regarding the iPhone 11’s photo taking ability, we’re certainly eager to see what Apple will conjure this time round with the cameras they release.

Following suit with their 2019 lineup, current 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.

A14 bionic chip

It's widely expected the iPhone 12 will be powered by Apple’s next gen A14 bionic chip, with the chip potentially providing a 15 % performance boost, while also being 30 % more efficient.

This is crazy to consider, considering 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.

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