We’re months away from the launch of Apple’s iPhone 12 Lineup, which is expected to be announced in November 2020, but there are already multiple rumours about the upcoming devices.
2020 will be the first year that Apple introduces 5G support in the iPhone, allowing the new devices to connect to 5G networks that are much faster than 4G LTE networks. According to leaks and speculations, all of the iPhones in the iPhone 12 lineup will feature 5G connectivity.
iPhone 12 2020 Lineup
There has been many rumours that Apple is expected to release four iPhones this year:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12: £649
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12: £749
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro: £999
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max: £1,099
All four iPhone models are expected to support 5G networks and are equipped with OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels. All four models will carry an A14 processor under the hood. In addition to the difference in screen size, memory capacity is also different.
The overall design, though, will resemble the iPhone 4 or iPad Pro with a squared-edged stainless steel frame between two pieces of glass. The new iPhone will feature a stainless steel frame, which will replace the current rounded stainless steel frame, and it will continue to use front and back glass for the body of the device
Apple supplier AMS has announced new camera sensor technology that allows the RBG light and the IR proximity sensor used for the front-facing TrueDepth camera system to be embedded under an OLED display.
Apple could potentially be planning to introduce the new sensor tech in its 2020 iPhones, and this would allow Apple to create an iPhone with a smaller Face ID notch.
According to Bloomberg, at least two of the high-end iPhones Apple plans to offer in 2020 will have the new design with flat, stainless steel edges instead of curved edges, reminiscent of the design of the iPad Pro.
Along with the iPad Pro-style design and size tweaks, leaked schematics that allegedly reveal Apple’s plans for the device also show several other minor design tweaks worth noting, as listed below:
- Slightly larger camera lenses
- Thicker antenna lines at the side for 5G
- SIM tray relocated to the left side of the device
- Smart Connector-like input on the right
- One less speaker hole on right side of the speaker grille
- Slightly lower power button
Apple will NOT swap over to USB-C tis year, the next iPhone’s will feature a lightning connecter.
The A14 chip will focus on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks, according to Analyst’s, they believe the iPhone 12 Pro models will feature 6GB RAM, while the iPhone 12 will have 4GB RAM.
Rumours also suggest some of the new iPhone models coming in 2020 will feature a 3D camera, which sounds like the LiDAR Scanner feature that Apple added in the 2020 iPad Pro models.
The LiDAR Scanner in the iPad Pro uses reflected light to measure the distance from the sensor to surrounding objects that are up to five meters away, which is equivalent to 16.4 feet. It works indoors and outdoors, and is essentially able to map the environment around you at the photon level at nano-second speeds.
Analysts believe the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag
An analyst from Credit Suisse has said that Apple will introduce at least one new iPhone with no notch or Face ID in 2020, relying instead on an under-display fingerprint sensor, though that technology may still be a few years off.
The iPhone 12 will be shipped with the latest version of iOS 14, which is expected to be announced at WWDC 2020.
|iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Max||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|£649, £749||£749 / £849||£999 / £1,099 /£1,299||£1,099 / £1,199 / £1,399|
|5.4-inch Super Retina OLED (BOE)||6.1-inch Super Retina OLED (BOE)||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED (Samsung)||6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED (Samsung)|
|A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic|
|128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB|
|Dual rear cameras||Dual rear cameras||Triple cameras + LiDAR||Triple cameras + LiDAR|
|5G- Sub-6GHz||5G – Sub-6GHz||5G – Sub-6GHz, mmWave||5G – Sub-6GHz, mmWave|
The iPhone events usually take place in September, but we knew there would be a delay caused by the ongoing global health crisis as supply chains are disrupted across the tech industry. The leaks suggests the iPhone 12 range has been delayed by a month, and will be launched in November.
This information comes from investment bank Cowen, which claims Apple’s second quarter production schedules are down 5% from the first quarter and down 13% from the second quarter 2019.
Stay tuned as we will keep this article updated, in addition to all the latest coverage for the new iPhones.