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Update, July 6, 2020 (04:10 PM ET): We’ve updated the Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro rumors below with new info related to the number of expected colorways, what might not be in the box with the phone, the expected video capabilities of the Pro variants, and more!
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However, Apple would still need the notch to be big enough to carry all the Face ID tech needed to allow for 3D mapping of one’s face. We don’t expect any of the devices in the Apple iPhone 12 series to have fingerprint sensors, which means you would need Face ID for biometric security. As such, don’t expect a display cutout, waterdrop notch, or other solution for iPhones this year.
Elsewhere, we’ve heard quite a few rumors that Apple could bring back the metal rim design of the iPhone 4 which it already did on the recent iPad Pro. This would mean that the Apple iPhone 12 series could have flat screens rather than the curved glass panels on all current models (except the iPhone SE). There are a lot of harsh critics of curved glass displays on smartphones, so this will likely be good news for them.
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Early on, there were rumors Apple would either remove the Lightning port on the Apple iPhone 12 series and only rely on wireless solutions or finally make the jump to a standard USB-C port. However, all rumors at the moment point to the iPhone 12 series continuing to use the Lightning connector. It’s far more likely next year’s iPhones will abandon a wired port completely.
Strangely, the latest rumors suggest that Apple will ship some or all of the iPhone 12 series phones without chargers in the boxes. This cost-cutting move will likely be marketed as a “go green” effort on Apple’s part, but it could also be a test run to see how consumers might react to a portless iPhone in the future.
Finally, according to ET News, there could be six different colorways in the iPhone 12 line. Unfortunately, the outlet did not divulge what those colors might be.
iPhone 12: Specs and features
Some specifications of the Apple iPhone 12 series are fairly assured. For example, it’s nearly certain that we’ll see the proprietary A14 chipset in the higher-end iPhones as the 2019 iPhones all had the A13 Bionic.
It’s also nearly certain that the Qualcomm X55 modem will be included in the Apple iPhone 12 series. This will enable iPhones to be 5G-capable, which is essential for Apple to stay competitive. At this point, you can take the inclusion of the X55 modem as a given, since Apple had to eat some serious humble pie to get it.
The 2019 batch of iPhones were the first to come with 6GB of RAM, so it’s reasonable to assume at least the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have 6GB or more. The lower-end models in the Apple iPhone 12 series could have only 4GB, though.
Some iPhone specs are a given, like the inclusion of the X55 modem. But we can also assume some other specs, too.
It’s also possible that Apple will finally increase the entry-level amount of internal storage on iPhones this year. The iPhone SE — which, again, only costs $399 — comes with 64GB of storage at the minimum. Therefore, it would seem silly for the high-end models to also start at 64GB. Sure enough, we recently heard a rumor suggesting that 128GB could be the new baseline for high-end iPhones. This would be great news for Pixel fans, as it would likely force Google to do the same with the Google Pixel 5.
These rumors all are backed up by a leak from Display Supply Chain Consultants. Check out the chart below to see what we mean:
We also heard a rumor that the iPhone 11 series could have 120Hz display refresh rates. This would be the first time an iPhone has had anything higher than the usual 60Hz. However, not everyone agrees on this feature’s inclusion with the iPhone 12 line, so the jury is still out.
Although we don’t have much confirmed info on internal specs of the iPhone 12 series, we do have confirmation on a lot of the software features the phones will provide. That’s because Apple recently held its WWDC 2020 keynote in which it detailed many of the high-profile features coming to iOS 14. If you want to find out what the new operating system can do, check out our summary here.
Finally, the iPhone 12 series might come with some upgraded video capture abilities. According to one rumor, the two iPhone 12 Pro models this year might be able to record 4K video at both 120fps and 240fps. Current iPhones are limited to 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps.
iPhone 12: Price and availability
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Here are the starting prices for the iPhone 11 series:
- $699 — iPhone 11
- $999 — iPhone 11 Pro
- $1,099 — iPhone 11 Pro Max
With the expected inclusion of 5G support as well as the new revamped designs, one would assume the Apple iPhone 12 series will be more expensive. However, early rumors suggest that Apple could keep iPhone 12 pricing basically the same as the iPhone 11 series. According to those rumors, this is what the iPhone 12 series might cost:
Leaked iPhone 12 pricing (rumor only):
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12: $649
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max: $749
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro: $999
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1,099
If these prices end up being true, it would be great news for consumers. Earlier this year, Apple competitor Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra — which starts at a jaw-dropping $1,400 — and that would look ridiculously over-priced against a $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Still, the pricing list above is only rumored at this point, so don’t take it to the bank just yet.
As usual, though, you can expect the iPhone 12 series to be available all around the world with similar models in all the usual countries. If there’s one thing you can depend on with Apple is no region-specific nonsense making things confusing for buyers (hint hint, Android OEMs).
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