This year will be a busy year for the iPhone. Apple is rumored to be set up a new inexpensive iPhone, referred to as the iPhone 2020 SE, as well four different iPhone 12 variants set for release in the fall. Read on as we gather all the specifications, features and design details that we know about the iPhone 12 so far.
Update 4/14/2020: We have updated this Roundup with new details on the iPhone 12 lineup, including design details, processor information, LiDAR Scanner, and potential delays caused by COVID-19.
iPhone 12 design
If you crave the days of the iPhone 4, 2020 might be the right year for you. We expect the iPhone 12 to mark a return to the side-slab design, with reports stating that the device will closely resemble the iPhone 4. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this would come as part of a significant chassis redesign for the iPhone 12.
Kuo believes that the iPhone 12 will still display a curved glass edge around the screen, like the iPhone 11. Analysts have referenced the 2 / 2.5D glass in various reports on the iPhone 2020 line. At present, the iPhone 11 Pro has a mixed design of screen glass and stainless edges steel. This is different from the iPhone 4, which is completely squared on the side.
Supply chain reports also suggest that the iPhone 12 lineup will thinner than the iPhone 11, with the largest iPhone 12 model with a thickness of 7.4mm. That’s about 10% thinner than the 8.1mm iPhone 11 Pro Max. Whether the rest of the iPhone 12 lineup will be slimmer remains to be seen.
Apple’s return to the boxier industrial design theme with the iPhone 4 makes sense when you are consider the design of the iPad Pro. In 2018, Apple redesigned the iPad Pro with a flat side body. This redesign has been very well received by users, so it’s not surprising to see it inspire the iPhone 12.
This is what is seen on the iPhone 12 might look like in the form of a doll:
As you can see, on the dummy units, the front side of the iPhone 12 is expected to look almost the same as the iPhone 11. However, there is one expected change: a smaller incision. Although Apple is not expected to remove the notch altogether, reports from Bloomberg and Other sources have shown that Apple will reduce the size of the notch this year.
But while Apple is planning four new iPhone 12 models for 2020, a report from Bloomberg have suggested that flat-edged design might only come to the iPhone 12 Pro model in the upper class. Again, this makes sense given what we have seen in the iPad lineup: The low-cost iPad is largely unchanged, while the iPad Pro features the latest and greatest design.
Although we have a general idea of what the iPhone 12 will look like, additional rumors are likely to shed more light on the details of the approach next fall.
For the first time, the entire Apple flagship iPhone lineup will feature OLED screen technology this year. The four models of the iPhone 12 are expected to display an OLED screen, including successors The iPhone 11 is equipped with an LCD.
What about display size? Reports indicate that Apple will shift the lineup a bit this year compared to the iPhone 11. Here’s what we know so far:
- One model of the iPhone 12 with a 5.4 inch OLED screen
- Two models of the iPhone 12 with a 6.1 inch OLED screen
- One model of the iPhone 12 with a 6.7 inch OLED screen
This means the iPhone 12 collection will include the smallest iPhone ever to feature an edge-to-edge screen introduced with the iPhone 12, as well as the largest iPhone ever. Reports say that The 5.4 inch iPhone 12 model will have a height of “between iPhone SE and iPhone 8,” while the 6.1 inch version will be between the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7 inch iPhone 12 will be “slightly higher than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.”
Besides OLED, this year’s iPhone also rumored to have features “ProMotion” screen with a high 120Hz refresh rate. The iPhone to date has included a 60Hz screen, but Apple introduced a refresh rate of 120Hz to the iPad lineup in 2017. The refresh rate doubled dramatically increased the responsiveness of the user experience with faster movements translating into movement on the screen.
Overall, this might sound confusing, but the point is: one iPhone 12 is smaller, two iPhone 12 models are the same size as the iPhone 11, and one is bigger.
iPhone camera 12
Besides screen size, the biggest differentiator between the iPhone 12 models is camera technology. In essence, Apple is planning two iPhones with a two lens camera system and two iPhones with a three lens camera system.
The 12.4 inch iPhone will feature two cameras on the back. This will likely consist of ultra wide lenses and wide angles. The same settings are expected on the bottom 6.1 6.1 inch iPhone 12.
Everything is a little more interesting with two high-end iPhone 12 models. Here, we expect a three-lens camera system that is likely similar to the iPhone 11 Pro: wide, very wide, and telephoto. But, the two iPhone models are also expected New 3D flight time sensor feature.
What does this mean? The time-of-flight sensor (ToF) is similar to the TrueDepth infrared camera system used on the front side of the iPhone for Face ID. Adding a 3D ToF sensing system to the rear camera will enable taking 3D photos with higher accuracy, potentially opening new augmented reality opportunities. The ToF sensor will also be stronger and work at longer distances than the TrueDepth system because of laser-powered technology.
In addition to the augmented reality feature, the ToF sensor can also improve things that rely on depth data, such as Portrait mode. Finding in iOS 14 by 9to5Mac has also been confirmed that only the iPhone 12 Pro will add a new ToF sensor.
This all makes sense when you see refreshing iPad Pro 2020, which brought the new LiDAR Scanner for the first time. The LiDAR scanner focuses on improving AR capabilities. 9to5Mac had been exclusively reported that Apple itself is developing a new augmented reality application for iOS 14 that can be integrated with retail stores.
However, one of the biggest benefits for the LiDAR iPhone 12 Pro Scanner is that developers are better equipped to use it given the availability of the existing iPad Pro. A leaked image also recently provided an illustration of how Apple can redesign a camera meet to accommodate the new LiDAR Scanner.
In terms of software, the iPhone 12 model is expected to feature everything currently available on the iPhone 11, including Deep Fusion and Night modes. It’s also possible that Apple is planning more software image processing features for this year, especially to take advantage of new ToF technology.
What about the front camera? We don’t know much yet, but there is certainly room for improvement from the iPhone 11. We will update when we learn more about the iPhone 12’s front camera.
The iPhone 12 lineup is expected to display the next iteration of the Apple A-series processor, perhaps called the A14.
According to a the latest supply chain reportApple’s TSMC partner is scheduled to begin production of the A14 processor using the new 5 nanometer process in Q2. A13 is produced with a 7nm processor, so the A14 must be more power efficient and faster, thanks to the 5nm process.
What kind of performance should you expect? Initial estimates suggest that, when combined with rumored 6GB RAM, the A14 can make the iPhone 12 as strong as the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Game performance can be increased up to 50% thanks to a special emphasis on multi-core performance.
This increase was mainly due to the 5nm manufacturing process. You can read more details about A14 the expected performance here.
Beyond the new A14 processor, the iPhone 12 can also display improved Face ID performance. Analysts from Barclays said that the iPhone 12 lineup will include a “fresh” Face ID system. What analysts actually mean by “fresh” is not clear, but it could imply that Apple will improve the TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID with performance improvements and other improvements.
The iPhone 11 also featured an increase in Face ID performance, but that was mainly due to changes in iOS 13 rather than hardware improvements. This year, it looks like we might be ready for an actual hardware upgrade to improve Face ID recognition.
Perhaps most striking of all, the four iPhone 12 models introduced this year are expected to bring 5G connectivity. Although there are some conflicting initial reports, all four are expected including support for both 5G versions: sub-6 GHz 5G and mmWave 5G.
Different operators around the world launch sub-6GHz and mmWave networks in different deployments and at different time schedules. mmWave is a technology with gigabit speeds that is more impressive, but the range is much smaller. In comparison, the launch of 5G sub-6GHz in the United States usually reaches speeds in the range of 100-150 Mbps.
The four models reportedly will feature support for both variations of 5G, which will be useful not only for users in the United States but also throughout the world, where the launch of 5G is different.
While Apple is in the process of developing its own modem for the iPhone, iPhone 12 is a possibility to display modems from Qualcomm.
What’s important to remember, however, is that Apple that supports 5G is only half the story: it must also be available from the operator. Even though the initial launch of the 5W mmWave is underway, very limited coverage means a wider launch outside major cities and further high-density locations. If the operator damages the 5G launch, it won’t be as important for the iPhone 12 to get support.
iOS 14 + iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 is expected to be the first iPhone to be shipped iOS 14 out of the box. Although Apple can usually keep details about the upcoming iOS release hidden, 9to5Mac has reported little about what to expect from this year’s update.
For example, Apple is said to be developing real support home screen widget on iOS 14 for the first time. There will also be a New home screen list display options, making it easier to see all your applications at once. As we said before, Apple too developing a new augmented reality retail application for iOS 14.
What to expect from iOS 14:
iPhone 12: Naming, price, and release
Ming-Chi Kuo prediction graph for iPhone 2020
All evidence currently points to this year’s iPhone, which is called the iPhone 12. This makes sense given the expected redesign, which makes it unlikely that Apple will make 2020 an “S” year for iPhone upgrades. How exactly Apple plans to brand each of the four iPhone 12 models, however, is unknown.
Just like the naming, the price of the iPhone model that was not released is very difficult to predict. Apple set a precedent in 2019 by dropping the price of entry-level iPhone 11 to $ 699, but whether it continues remains to be seen.
And last but not least, there are conflicting reports about when to expect the iPhone 12 lineup to be released. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in the development process for Apple, and the company is said be “scrambling” to prevent pushing the release date back. Apple is also reportedly worried about the potential for economic uncertainty, and that there may not be enough demand for high-end iPhones this fall.
Flagship iPhone models are usually launched around September, with some models shipped in October, such as the iPhone XR and the iPhone X in November. This year, Bloomberg say expect some of the model to be released a few weeks later from the usual September target, but the details are unknown. This seems to mean that, until now, we can still expect the iPhone 12 by 2020, but slower than usual.
What do you think about the rumors we’ve seen so far about this year’s iPhone lineup? What do you think we can expect from the naming and price? Let us know in the comments!
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