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With Apple’s announcement of at its annual , we now know more about what the upcoming iPhone, and all , can do. From and app libraries to picture-in-picture, you can expect a bunch of software as well as hardware upgrades to the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Max. (Apple has not confirmed the names of the phones, but we’ll go with those for now.)
So far, it looks like the new iPhones are on schedule for the fall, but when exactly will it launch during the season is still up in the air. Though we usually see new flagship iPhones in September, recent reports say that Apple may delay the sequels due to the pandemic. This is understandable with the iPhone 12 sailing into unknown water. The COVID-19 outbreak forced Apple to close its , though some have now . Suppliers in China have also shut down or are operating on limited capacity, which may but .
Despite such disruptions, rumors continue to swirl around the iPhone 12 phones, which we imagine will continue until they officially launch. In addition to maybe introducing 3D depth-sensing to its rear cameras and new screen sizes, speculation has arisen that Apple will belatedly include a feature in the iPhone that would make it competitive with its competitors: . This makes sense considering its main rival, Samsung, launched several 5G phones this year, including the high-end and the more budget .
Until any of that happens though, check back often as we will continue to update it with the most probable and compelling .
iPhone 12’s release date may be in October
Despite Apple’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, , that the . This is due to the coronavirus pandemic and its unprecedented effect on manufacturing and consumer demands. The report estimated that Apple may wait until October to announce the phone, which is about a month after the iPhone’s usual launch.
iPhone 12 price may be cheaper than iPhone 11
When the iPhone 11 debuted last year, that its base model cost $699, which was $50 cheaper than 2018’s . This trend may continue, with reporting that , the iPhone 12 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099.
iPhone 12 design: Similar (or not) to iPhone 11
Every other year, Apple usually makes notable cosmetic changes to its iPhone to freshen up its look, much to the delight of anticipating buyers. But a report by Japanese publication , citing an unnamed Chinese supplier, reported that the iPhone 12 will look similar to the iPhone 11. The only possible difference, unfortunately, is that the iPhone 12’s edges will be slightly bowed.
On the other hand, Apple is also speculated to with flat edges (similar to the new iPads). This could trigger what called “the perfect storm of demand,” which would drive up sales and result in a “super cycle” for Apple.
iPhone 12 Pro’s rumored colors include dark blue
Last year Apple introduced a midnight green color on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Whether , the color variant actually . This year there may be a possibility that Apple will launch another new color, according to . This would be on trend since blue is both color pick for the new year (“classic blue”) and included “phantom blue” in its color forecast for 2020.
iPhone 12’s possible specs and display sizes
One of the more enduring rumors about the upcoming iPhones is that . One of the iPhone 12s could have a 5.4-inch screen (of the current iPhones, the new iPhone SE has the smallest display, which measures 4.7 inches). And the iPhone 2020 Pro Max could go as large as 6.7 inches (for reference, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch display).
There’s also speculation that the iPhone 12’s display and that perhaps the , which is currently featured on the . Most phones refresh at 60 frames per second, or 60Hz, but other phones, like the Galaxy S20 and the refresh at 120Hz. With a higher refresh rate, a phone feels faster and smoother when scrolling through things like web pages and apps.
With the possibility of new display sizes, rumors that Apple will expand its iPhone line have been swirling around. In December 2019, CNET’s Lexy Savvides wrote:
According , who believes the current 5.8-inch size of the iPhone 11 Pro may be going away. So the 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch models will be the lower-end devices, presumably called the iPhone 12. Then the more expensive phones will be the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, respectively.
iPhone 12’s 5G connectivity?
Several rumors are predicting that Apple will include 5G connectivity this year. More specifically, Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo expects and Fast Company reported that .
There are a couple of reasons why the company didn’t jump on the trend in 2019. First, Apple usually isn’t the first in on mobile trends, preferring instead to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks just launched.
Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, . The two companies in April 2019, and then agreed to . This khy led t altogether and for $1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it got started too late to launch a 5G phone last year when a few of its rivals released their 5G models, like the , and .