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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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Samsung Galaxy Note 20: The key things you need to know ahead of its release

31 Jul 2020

We’re less than a week out from the announcement of Samsung’s latest mega phone; the Galaxy Note 20, and rumours suggest this years’ offering could put the phone in discussion for the best Android device ever made.

The Galaxy Note 20 is set to launch on August 6th, 2020 at 12am AEST, at Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked Event. The event will take place virtually this time round, with Samsung encouraging media and fans around the globe to join the online experience to get a first-hand look at the companies latest hardware .

The event will be streamed live, with the Korean tech giant expected to unveil a range of exciting new tech, including a potential successor to the first generation Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Watch 3, alongside the centerpiece of the event; the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

In anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 launching next week, we’ve rounded up the key features we expect to see from this years' device.

At a glance: Rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 20 features

  • Two models (Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra)
  • 5G connectivity
  • Triple-lens camera setup (Potential 108-megapixel sensor)
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Enhanced S Pen that includes a virtual pointer

Two of a kind

Expect two versions of the Note 20 to be announced at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked Event; a ‘smaller’ Note 20 with a screen of 6.5-inches, and the more premium (and of course larger) Note 20 Ultra that could potentially feature a 7-inch screen.

Based on leaked images which surfaced on Samsung’s Russian website in early July, the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have a similar design to the Galaxy S20, although as expected, with an additional holster for Samsung’s trademark S Pen. Both devices are expected to include Samsung's Infinity-O display.

Release Date & Pricing

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be unveiled on-stage at the Galaxy Unpacked Event on August 6. In the days following the Event, the Galaxy Note 20 should become available for pre-sale, with orders to be dispatched in late August or early September (the exact date is still unknown).

While pricing is also up in the air, the Note series has never been considered a cheap purchase and it’s safe to assume pricing for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, will likely be similar to last years’ model which could see the Note 20 come it at around $1499 (AUD) and $1699 (AUD) for the Note 20 Ultra.

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Powerful Camera Setup

Potential Camera Specs

  • Galaxy Note 20 - 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, time-of-flight sensor. 30x Zoom
  • Galaxy Note 20 Plus -108-megapixel main, 13-megapixel telephoto, 12-megapixel ultrawide-lens. 50x Zoom

Arguably the most anticipated feature of new smartphone these days is the camera setup and the Galaxy Note 20 is no different, with a heap of leaks and rumoured camera features adding fuel to the fire.

Note devices typically feature similar camera set ups to the flagship Galaxy S series with some slight enhancements, and it’s widely expected we’ll see a triple-camera setup, similar to what we got to experience with the Galaxy S20/S20 Ultra devices.

One interesting point of difference from the Galaxy S range, is that Samsung may look to ditch the the 100x Zoom which was a key feature Samsung marktered in the lead up to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, instead opting to finetune and improve the overall camera experience, with 30x Zoom and 50x Zoom expected across the two Note devices.

Under The Hood

Over the past two years, Samsung has delivered some of the speediest phones in the market and this years Note device shouldn't be any different, with both devices expected to be powered by an Exynos 990 chip (Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus in some regions), with potentially 8GB -12GB of RAM across the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra.

Both devices are also set to include 5G connectivity.

Glorious Refresh Rates

While most smartphones in the market use refresh rates of 60 frames per seconds (60Hz), Samsung is once again looking to up to the ante, with both Note 20 devices pegged to include 120Hz refresh rates.

The addition of a 120Hz refresh rate, was a popular feature of Samsung’s flagship S20/S20 Ultra models which released earlier in the year, and should bring a more premium experience as users scroll through rich content or play games on their mobile phone.

S-Pen

The S Pen is one of the key draw cards of the Note series, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung is looking to introduce some enhahcements to the S Pen in 2020.

While there hasn't been a whole heap of confirmed information, one leak shows the Note 20 may include a virtual pointer mode which allows users to control the cursor without having to touch the display with the stylus. This could prove to be a game changer if Samsung’s DeX mode continues to evolve, with DeX allowing users to plug their Galaxy Device into a monitor so their phone can be used as a virtual PC.

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