The announcement of the new iPhones is now close at hand, which presumably will be accompanied by the number 12 if Apple has decided to follow the same naming scheme used for last year's iPhones.
The announcement is expected for September, more precisely on the 15th if we were to rely on the habits of Apple which usually chooses a Tuesday. It would seem less likely that September 10 could have been chosen, a date that emerged in recent weeks from a "technical test" of streaming on YouTube. The latest rumors, however, would point to a shift.
It was already known that iPhone 12 could be late: it was announced by Apple itself, talking about a slip of "few weeks"Then some problems in the production of the cameras made them fear that the times could expand further, a risk that apparently should not be revealed.
When will the new iPhones arrive? Trying to answer was Jon Prosser, who posted a post on Twitter in which he reported the "Apple's new revised dates"which also affect Apple Watch and iPad
- Apple Watch and iPad: announcement via press release in the week of September 7 (September 8 to be precise)
- iPhone: event in the week of October 12
- iPhone 12 and 12 Max: pre-orders in the week of October 12, shipments in the week of October 19
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max: pre-orders and shipments in November
A note is a must: it is a rumor – even Prosser himself does not rule out that there may be variations.
The iPhone 12, I will call them that in this article, should bring important news both in terms of the internal hardware and the design that has remained almost unchanged compared to the iPhone X launched in 2017. Four iPhones with three different sizes are expected for 2020. of displays: 5.4, 6.7 and two 6.1 inches. According to rumors, there will be two PRO versions, with 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch displays and with a triple rear camera, and two lower-end iPhones of 5.4 and 6.1 inches with dual rear sensors.
- iPhone 12 with OLED display (Samsung with Y-OCTA support) from 5.4 "with resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and density of 475 ppi.
- iPhone 12 Max with 6.1 "OLED display (Boe / LG) with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels and a density of 460 ppi.
- iPhone 12 Pro with 6.1 "OLED (Samsung) XDR and ProMotion display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels and 460 ppi.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max from 6.7 "OLED (Samsung with Y-OCTA support) XDR and ProMotion with resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixels and 458 ppi.
Unlike in previous years, all iPhone 12s will have a display with OLED technology. Only on PROs may there be a variable "ProMotion" refresh rate. This technology has already been adopted for some years on the iPad Pro and allows dynamically adjusts the display refresh rate, up to 120Hz, depending on the content displayed, offering smoother scrolling and greater responsiveness.
On iPad Pro, the refresh rate changes based on what's playing on the display to conserve battery life. If we are watching a movie, scrolling a feed, web page or playing games, for example, the refresh rate could go up to 120Hz, but if we are reading a static page or looking at photos the frame rate automatically drops to the minimum.
It is still not entirely clear whether this feature will be there or not. So far it has been said that ProMotion is slated for 2020 but that Apple will not add it if battery life standards are not met. Other rumors have pointed the finger at the supply chain regarding a possible delay in the launch of the Pro models or even the possible decision to discard this feature entirely. The components in question would be the driver ICs necessary for the proper functioning of the 120Hz panels.
There should be no substantial changes instead for the notch, the "notch" that contains all the sensors and TrueDepth cameras for three-dimensional face recognition.
Y-OCTA technology allows you to directly model the touch circuits on the OLED panel without the need for a separate layer resulting in a thinner display and lower manufacturing costs. In recent months, rumors have also circulated about the possible adoption of low-power LTPO technology for the displays of the iPhone Pro. This technology, already adopted on the Apple Watch Series 5, allows you to use up to 15 percent less energy than LTPS but it would be slated for iPhones in 2021.
As for the design, as mentioned, the new iPhones should have a completely redesigned metal structure with flat edges, similar to the iPhone 4/5 and the iPad Pro 2018 and 2020 themselves. On the PRO models this structure should be in stainless steel and stay in aluminum on the lower models. The glass will remain on the back and, of course, on the front.
For the rest, the new iPhones will have slightly larger rear camera lenses, side lines of the thicker 5G antennas, the drawer for the rear camera, from the CAD drawings from which "dummy" models were also made, especially used by accessory manufacturers. the SIM moved to the left side, a Smart Connector type input on the right (which could be an antenna), one less hole for the speaker on the right side of the lower grille, the power button positioned slightly lower and the door Lightning that Apple will continue to use instead of USB-C.
After last year's green color, which was the most popular with consumers, Apple could create a new Blue Navy color for the Pro models. On the iPhone 12, on the other hand, there would be several colors on the way including blue, purple and light orange.
Another novelty on the Pro models, also in this case inherited from iPad Pro 2020, will probably be the LiDAR scanner useful not only for augmented reality applications but also to further improve the quality of photos by managing to better calculate the depth of field and objects in space.
The LiDAR scanner uses reflected light to measure the distance from the sensor to surrounding objects that are up to five meters away. It works both indoors and outdoors and is essentially able to immediately map the environment around us.
A new telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom could be used on the iPhone 12 Pro, improved over the current 2x optical zoom. There may also be improvements in the Smart HDR function to get better shots in low light conditions.
There have also been rumors in the past few months about the implementation of sensor-shift image stabilization technology that could potentially bring image stabilization to the ultra wide-angle lens as well. This technology allows you to apply optical stabilization to the sensor rather than to individual lenses.
Few information regarding the TrueDepth front camera which should still be improved and have a wider viewing angle to support the unlocking of the face from more accentuated angles.
TSMC is expected to be the manufacturer of the 5-nanometer Apple A14 chip that will be used on the iPhone 12. The 5-nanometer process results in smaller, faster, more energy-efficient processors and thermal management.
The Apple A14 processor will focus on accelerating artificial intelligence and augmented reality activities by offering a 15% performance increase and a 30% reduction in power consumption compared to the current Apple A13.
On the iPhone 12 Pro there should be 6GB of RAM against the 4GB of the iPhone 12. The minimum storage space could go up to 128GB for the Pro models and remain at 64GB for the lower-end models.
Battery certifications that could be used on Apple's iPhone 12s indicate lower capacities (and "cheaper" according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo) than those of current iPhones 11. There are reports of a 2,227 mAh battery (probably for the 5.4-inch iPhone), a 2,775 mAh (for a 6.1-inch iPhone) and a 3,687 mAh (for a 6.7-inch iPhone). Recall that the iPhone 11 Pro has a 3,046 mAh battery, the 11 Pro Max has a 3,969 mAh battery and the iPhone 11 has a 3,110 mAh battery.
It is not known if this information is accurate. If so, assuming the power improvements offered by the processor, battery life could be more or less the same as current models.
An information that has generated very conflicting opinions concerns the possible absence from the sales package of both the charger and the EarPods earphones. Apple may also have made this decision to offset the increased final costs of adding 5G support. However, a new 20W USB-C power supply should be on sale as an optional accessory.
The iPhones 12 will also be the first iPhones with support for 5G networks, that would seem to be certain. According to the rumors circulated so far, all the 2020 iPhones will be equipped with 5G connectivity but probably not all will support mmWave.
The modem will be supplied by Qualcomm with which Apple has signed an agreement in recent months after the surrender by Intel from which the Cupertino company then bought the mobile division.
The modem in question should be the Qualcomm X55 already used by many manufacturers even if there is no shortage of rumors about the possible adoption of the new X60 modem.
According to rumors of the usual Prosser, iPhone 12 will have an entry price of $ 649, the lowest that Apple has ever reached for an iPhone with an OLED panel. The cost will range from $ 649 to $ 1,099 for basic memory cuts:
- 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
However, this information is in contrast to a more recent report by analyst Jeff Pu, according to which the starting price for the iPhone 12 is 749 euros, 50 dollars more than the 699 of the iPhone 11. iPhone 12 Max, however, could cost from a minimum of 799 to a maximum of 849 dollars, and that is with an increase between 100 and 150 dollars always compared to the iPhone 11.