iPhone 12 Review, Rumors, and Specs Ahead of 2020 Launch

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Release date

September is the date for iPhone launches – the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max debuted at Apple’s press event on September 10 last year, so we could expect iPhone 12 to follow suit.

That might have been the case before the coronavirus outbreak, but now multiple reports point to a delay. A recent report from “The Wall Street Journal” says that mass production has been pushed by a month, so it’s reasonable to expect that the devices will hit stores in October, or even later. So, iPhone 12 launch event should be pushed back to October, which would be the first time since 2011 that the event wasn’t held in early September.

Even if Apple launches the iPhone 12 in September, the most premium model could be held back. According to an April 2020 supply chain report, the standard iPhone 12 series will enter mass production in September, while iPhone 12 Pro Max will follow suit in October.

Price

iPhone 12 should start at $649, and the most expensive model should cost around $1399. Jon Prosser released US prices for every storage option for all four models of the late 2020 iPhone. Here is what he predicts:

iPhone 12 128GB should be priced around $649, while 256GB version should be around $749.
12 Max 128 GB could be around $749 and $849 for 256GB version. Prices for iPhone 12 Pro should be $999 for 128GB, $1099 for 256GB, and $1299 for 512GB. iPhone 12 Pro Max should cost around $1099 for 128GB, $1199 for 256 GB, and $1399 for 512GB.

Design

Render of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and the same color AirPods Pro

The iPhone 12 is expected to bring back the flat metal-edge design of the iPhone 5, according to Bloomberg.

The New 5.4-inch iPhone 12 should be shockingly compact. According to EverythingApplePro, the dimensions of the phone will be even smaller than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE. So you will get a full-size screen in something that is easy to use with one hand.

The below image from designer Jonas Daehnert shows what the iPhone 12 Pro could look like with the flat edges, a smaller notch, and a fourth camera which will be a LiDAR sensor for more immersive augmented reality applications. That feature was first introduced in the iPad Pro that came out in March.

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Specs

Thanks to many leaks and predictions released in May 2020, we now have an idea of the iPhone 12’s specs.

Display

iPhone 12 will come with a 5.4-inch BOE OLED Super Retina display, and iPhone 12 Max model will have a 6.1-inch BOE OLED Super Retina display.

iPhone 12 Pro will come with a 6.1-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina display, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with a 6.7-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina display.

Rumored reports from DigiTimes confirm that iPhone 12 should have the same 120Hz refresh rate as the iPad Pro.

Camera

A report from Digitime confirms that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will have two rear cameras, and the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have three rear cameras along with the LiDAR sensor.

It’s also expected that they will add the LiDAR time-of-flight sensor. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects such an addition to at least two iPhone models, probably Pro versions.

A leaked iPhone 12 Pro schematic shows what a time-of-flight lens might look like on the iPhone 12 Pro.

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A14 processor

Look at the following screenshot from the popular benchmark Geekbench, posted by AppleInsider. It compares the score of an iPad Pro 12.9in from 2018 – one of the most powerful mobile devices Apple has ever released – with what appears to be a prototype of the iPhone 12 – the iPhone 12 is scoring higher, even in multi-core.

The ‘A14’ is clocked above 3GHz – the first of Apple’s A-family chips to achieve this – and despite having fewer cores than the A12X (6 rather than 8) it rates higher throughout the CPU tests.

RAM

When it comes to performance, RAM is almost as important as the choice of processor. In fact, iPhone SE (2020) having only 3GB of RAM compared to the 4GB in all the other A13 phones, caused such a significant reduction in benchmark speed that people thought it had been under-clocked.

Storage

iPhone 12 & iPhone 12 Max will have 128GB/256GB of storage, while iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have 128GB/256GB/512GB of storage.

Colors

Apple will probably follow the same pattern of the last couple of iPhone launches. That means more colors for the less expensive iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max, while the iPhone 12 Pro models will adopt darker, more traditional color schemes such as OG Space Gray and Silver.

Some rumors say that Apple will spice things up by offering a blue color for the iPhone 12. The blue would replace the Midnight Green color offered for the iPhone 11 Pro and may be exclusive to the new Pro models.

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