8th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) September is already here, but where’s the new iPhone? Well, the iPhone 12 may not launch in September. Instead, the next iPhone will likely hit retail shelves in October. At this point, the delay in the availability of the iPhone 12 is certain but that doesn’t mean we will stop discussing about the next-generation iPhone. If you are excited about the iPhone 12 and curious to know what’s in the store ahead, you need to follow our roundup of the top rumours for Apple’s upcoming iPhone.
According to REUTERS, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is holding an event on 15th September, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday, without disclosing further details. Apple said it will stream the event from its campus in Cupertino, California. It usually announces new iPad and Watch products during the month of September. While the company usually launches new versions of its iPhone in September every year, Apple in July had warned of a delay by a few weeks due to coronavirus-induced supply chain snags.
iPhone 12: Lineup
We’re assuming the next iPhone will be called the iPhone 12, following Apple’s numerical naming system. Interestingly, for the first time, the new iPhone may launch in four different models in three screen sizes. The iPhone 12 will have a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro handsets will have 6.1-inch screen sizes and the top-end model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be a gigantic 6.7-inch in size. In 2019, Apple released the iPhone in three different models: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
iPhone 12: All-new design
As for the design, the iPhone 12 lineup may still have a notch but it’s widely expected to be smaller in size. The most consistent rumour about the iPhone 12 series is an iPad Pro-like design with flatter edges. The iPhone 12’s flat-edge design will give the iPhone a retro feel to it. Remember iPhone 4? We have also heard that the iPhone 12 may launch in a brand new dark blue colour option. It will probably replace the Midnight Green colour that debuted last year.
iPhone 12: OLED display
Expect all four iPhones to have an edge-to-edge design. For the first time, all the models are expected to feature OLED displays, which means the phones would consume less power while offering better contrast and colours. Not just that, the Pro devices are said to support the 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate currently available on the flagship iPad Pro.
iPhone 12: A14 processor
The latest A14 series chip is expected to power the new iPhones. The new chip will definitely be more powerful than the A13 that powered the iPhone 11 range. According to reports, the A14 will have a CPU gain of 40 per cent and a GPU gain of 50 per cent. Since the size of the processor will be reduced from 7nm to 5nm, the A14 could also improve battery life in the next iPhone. It’s predicted that the new iPhones will be supporting 5G connectivity, though not every new iPhone 12 model will support mmWave. We expect the Pro models will support dual-band 5G.
iPhone 12: LiDAR scanner
Leaked renders show the iPhone 12 Pro range will get a triple-lens camera stack, whereas the regular iPhone 12 models will feature dual cameras. However, all four models are said to get larger camera sensors this year. For the first time, the higher-end models would feature a LiDAR scanner previously seen in the 2020 iPad Pro. The LiDAR scanner essentially measures the distance to surrounding objects with a limit of 5 meters. It’s very useful in AR applications.
iPhone 12: No EarPods or power adapter in the box
For the first time, Apple would not include a pair of EarPods in the box. This would be a way to encourage consumers to buy its AirPods. Apple has included EarPods since the iPhone 5 released in 2012. We have also heard that the power adapter would also disappear from the box. The move will save costs but it’s unlikely going to appeal to many customers.
iPhone 12: Price
When the iPhone 11 launched last year, it hogged the limelight for its $699 price tag. After all, the iPhone 11 was $50 cheaper than the 2018’s iPhone XR. Within months of launch, the iPhone 11 became the top-selling smartphone in the world. If reports are to be believed, the iPhone 12 could start at $649, the iPhone 12 Max at $749, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099.