iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are fast approaching and the rumour mill is picking up speed. Much of the speculation has focused on the expected industrial design, however, a huge new leak may have unveiled some exciting display tech.
So far, there’s been a whole lot of word on the grapevine that the iPhone 12 models will have a design similar to that of the latest iPad Pro 2020 as well as being a bit of throwback to the days of iPhone 6.
One feature that many thought was dead in the water was a high refresh rate display. Seemingly out of nowhere, a prominent leaker has revitalised this prospect, exciting prospective iPhone 12 owners across the web.
On top of this design and display revamp, there’s the expectation of a new camera setup for the “Pro” models, including a new LiDAR depth sensor as well as the introduction of 5G across the range. Many rumours are to be taken with a pinch of salt, so we’ve scoured the web for trusted sources on all the latest iPhone 12 price, release, design and specs news. Read on for everything you need to know about the next iPhone.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Specs
Let’s dive into those aforementioned leaks. Jon Prosser has revealed images and videos of what he purports to be a pre-mass production model of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Take a look:
The image on the right of the tweet is the biggy, showing off toggles for high refresh rate and adaptive refresh rate. The latter only appears when the former is toggled.
Prosser asserts that this is just one version of the iPhone 12 Pro Max that Apple is testing and that other versions do not include this “ProMotion”-like technology. Furthermore, because this model is specifically the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Prosser isn’t aware of the status of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 display, in this regard.
Away from the display and over to the battery, rumours indicate the iPhone 12 range is set to support 20w charging. The upgrade from iPhone 11 is quite measly, at just 2w, and it doesn’t reach the heights of many Android phones – however, it remains a welcome enhancement.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Design
By far one of the biggest expectations for the new iPhone is a design revamp. While a new design based on the flatter sides of iPhone 5 and iPad Pro 2020 seems almost nailed on, some may be disappointed by recent leaks surrounding the look of the new phones.
As part of Jon Prosser’s most recent leak, he showed off the following image:
As you can see, Prosser states the notch remains the same but gives the appearance of being smaller due to a larger display and slimmer bezels. Never-notchers may not be happy with the inclusion of the infamous forehead intrusion but any improvement is a welcome one.
iPhone 12 Pro – Camera
When it comes to the iPhone 12 Pro camera, the traditional camera sensors aren’t the ones grabbing headlines. Rumours and speculation have pointed towards the inclusion of LiDAR, a depth sensor currently featured on the iPad Pro.
The inclusion of LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro Max was also reaffirmed by leaker Jon Prosser’s recent posts:
You can see in the left image of the tweet an option named “Enable LiDAR CA”, which is described as “LiDAR assisted auto focus and subject detection for Video and Night Mode”. While these leaks don’t confirm the inclusion on the iPhone 12 Pro range, it certainly points towards Apple putting effort into testing these features. As with Prosser’s other recent leaks, this is currently only being shown on iPhone 12 Pro Max, leaving it up in the air whether the same feature will appear on the regular Pro model.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Release Date
Apple is yet to confirm an iPhone 12 Pro release date. CFO Luca Maestri has stated there will be a two-week delay.
For several years, Apple has launched its annual iPhones in September. However, this two-week delay could put this consistent streak in jeopardy.
Along with the delay, Apple’s release strategy could also see a later launch date for the Pro models. Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo (via 9To5Mac) has stated the “Pro” models will be released later than the iPhone 12. A similar strategy was implemented for the release of the iPhone X and iPhone XR.
How this staggered strategy will be implemented, in terms of specific release dates, still seems very up in the air. Prolific leaker Jon Prosser recently corroborated Kuo’s assertion, adding specific dates:
However, Prosser was swiftly rebuked by noted Apple-focused journalist, Mark Gurman:
Gurman hasn’t clarified exactly what information he disagrees with, as a stunted release does seem likely, but it could be the exact dates of launch, preorders and shipping that remain a point of contention.
However, when it comes to recent speculation surrounding a launch event for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12, Gurman and Prosser were on the same page. Apple initiated a test of an upcoming live stream on its YouTube channel, for the date Thursday September 12, but it was quickly shot down:
iPhone 12 Pro – Price
While Apple’s pricing has rarely been looked upon fondly, the company has made some strides in recent years – with the iPhone SE 2 as well as lower pricing for iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.
According to prominent leaker Jon Prosser, iPhone 12 could follow the attractive pricing trend of other base models of recent years:
These predictions would offer similar pricing to the iPhone 11 range, with the base iPhone 12 Pro coming in at just under $1000 and the “Max” version for $100 more.
One key impact on the price of the 2020 range of iPhones is expected to 5G, but it looks like Apple has a plan. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple is looking to offset the increased costs caused by the inclusion of 5G with cheaper battery technology. This new battery tech would involve “a simpler and smaller design with fewer layers,” lowering battery cost by 40-50%.
Whether the battery move means Apple won’t have to pass some of the 5G cost onto consumers is not yet clear, with Kuo stating Sub-6GHz 5G comes at a cost of $75–$85 to Apple and millimetre wave incurring a cost of $125–$135.