In this article we’ve selected the most reliable rumours we’ve come across so far, and it paints an enticing picture of the upcoming iPhone 12.
We reckon that there will be a similar product line-up to last year, so we’ll address the full range: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max here. The first thing to remember is the the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro only came out in September (and we expect the launch of the much-rumoured iPhone SE 2 or rather, the iPhone 9, in early 2020), so news at this stage is relatively thin on the ground, but that doesn’t make it any less fascinating.
Al the rumours at a glance
- What is it? The follow-up to 2019’s iPhone 11
- When’s it out? Probably September 2020
- What will it cost? We’d expect it to be in line with current models, so upwards of £700 – although pricing could be even higher due to recent increases in manufacturing costs.
- Will iPhone 12 have 5G connectivity? Almost certainly
iPhone 12 release date
There’s been no official acknowledgement of the next iPhone at this stage, but we can still say with a good degree of confidence that it should be unveiled in September 2020. Just take a quick look over release dates from the last few years, and you’ll see why:
- iPhone 11: September 2019
- iPhone XS and iPhone XR: September 2018
- iPhone X and iPhone 8: September 2017
- iPhone 7: September 2016
- iPhone 6s: September 2015
- iPhone 6: September 2014
Based on that pattern we’d expect it to be the second week of September – so pencil that in your diary. Apple typically allows new iPhone models to be pre-ordered a few days after the big launch event, and they typically arrive on shop shelves the week after that.
The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system (expected to be iOS 14 this time around) normally is unveiled just before Apple’s latest iPhone models arrive.
iPhone 12 design
UBS analysts believe Apple will release four iPhones in 2020:
- A 6.7-inch iPhone with 6GB of RAM and a triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing
- A 6.1-inch iPhone with 6GB of RAM and a triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing
- A 6.1-inch iPhone with 4GB of RAM and a dual-lens rear camera
- A 5.4-inch iPhone with 4GB of RAM and a dual-lens rear camera
Though it’s likely that one of these is a cheaper model and three of them flagship models, unfortunately it isn’t yet clear which is which.
Additionally, it has been reported by (the admittedly less-than-reliable) Twitter leakster Ben Geskin, that Apple is working on a new Face ID system with smaller optics. What does that mean? Potentially it could mean a notch that more closely hugs the top of the phone, perhaps even fitting within the phone’s bezel, Such a reduced notch for the 2020 iPhone, or possibly no notch at all, could mean a front facing camera embedded into the display.
Could it be that the elements required for FaceID unlock will be smaller this time around? Or has Apple perfected under-screen cameras? Or is it planning to revert to a Touch ID, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, operating under the screen? Several leaks and tips suggest it might. Whatever the specifics, we’re fervently hoping that the chunky notch present since the iPhone X will finally be consigned to history.
If you’re hoping for a refreshed colour palette, then we potentially have som more good news. Tipster Max Weinbach, who has recently hit a good run of form with his Samsung Galaxy S20 leaks, reckons the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro is set to be available in navy blue (shown above in a rendered image). The current model, the iPhone 11 Pro, is available in the following four tones: Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green, and Gold, but we’re not sure if it’s aa extra or a replacement colour yet.
iPhone 12 screen
According to series tipster Ice Universe Apple is in talks with major AMOLED display suppliers Samsung and LG about manufacturing the screen, while it’s considering doubling its refresh rate from 60 to a super-fast 120Hz. That means new iPhone could switch between high and low refresh rates depending on the use, like the ProMotion tech used in the iPad Pro – and it will finally catch up with the latest generation of Android phones (including the Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy S20, and the OnePlus 7T) that have enhanced refresh rates.
iPhone 12 camera
Apple recently snapped up a start-up, Spectral Edge, which uses infrared imaging and machine learning to create “crisper, and more lifelike photos”. The company has worked on better white balancing, as well as combining infrared photographs with standard photos, in order to capture better photos in misty and foggy conditions.
Could this be a clue for what to expect from the iPhone 12? It might be too early for the technology to be integrated into this year’s iPhone, but it certainly gives us an idea of what to expect in the future.
Will the iPhone 12 have 5G?
Nikkei has reported that Apple is preparing to ship 80 million units of 5G-enabled modems for this year’s iPhone.
That surely means that every phone in the new range will support 5G, a complete U-turn from 2019’s somewhat surprising omission of the new mobile data standard from the entire iPhone 11 series.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Apple can get out of the new technology, and the manufacturer might well have timed it’s release just right; by September, 5G networks should be in far better shape than they are currently.