iPhone 12 : Launch, price, specs and rumors (2020)
The smartphone world runs very fast. The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max were announced recently, in September 2019, and they are still excellent mobiles, but we’re already thinking about the next generation.
Thus, in this article we speculate on the new iPhone 12, which is expected to have a launch date in 2020 and comes with 5G connectivity. We have collected the most interesting rumors about its release, price, design and features.
One of the latest rumors says that Apple might be thinking about incorporating a fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 12’s screen, thus reverting to Touch ID. Rest assured that this will not mean saying goodbye to Face ID.
When will the iPhone 12 be released?
Given how things have unfolded in recent years, the new generation of iPhones is almost certain to arrive in the fall of 2020, most likely in September. This has been the case in recent years.
In fact, apart from the first four generations, the only exception occurred in March 2016 with the iPhone SE’s presentation. Although this is a very remote possibility, it may be that Apple decided to launch a cheaper and smaller model in the spring.
IPhone 12 launch delay
Apple always launches a new iPhone in September, but the time between the announcement and the arrival of the mobile in stores can vary. If there is a production problem, this can last until October.
Several analysts predict that the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has spread around the world will have an impact on Apple’s plans.
Much of the company’s production is done in Asia and it has already been affected by the initial closings and confinements. Ming-Chi Kuo already said in his day that this could affect the iPhone SE 2, the iPad Pro and the new MacBooks.
Now that the cases are also increasing in the United States and the fact that Apple’s main offices are located in one of the most affected areas of the country would also take its toll.
How all this will affect the launch of the iPhone 12 is a mystery, but there are already sources that assure that Apple would be debating whether to delay it a few months (even 2021).
To these rumors, more recent ones have been added that assure that this delay would only be one month. This would be due to the fact that the manufacturing of iPhones has been interrupted due to the coronavirus crisis and this would also affect its mass production .
Every new smartphone needs a premium feature with which it can justify its launch. In 2019, the new iPhone introduced new cameras (triple and night modes). In 2020, we think it will be 5G compatibility.
While many people will be celebrating the possible arrival of the iPhone 5G, many others will think that it comes a bit late, especially given that other manufacturers of Android smartphones already have their own compatible models.
Apple had to delay this due to problems with Qualcomm, the company had to build modems that would make it possible. Apple tried its luck with Intel, but in the end everything indicated that it would have to find other partners or create its own.
Ahead of the September 2019 incident, Bloomberg reported on the imminent arrival of an iPhone with a more powerful 3D camera. Although it was not confirmed in September, it is now more possible than ever.
Today’s iPhones already include 3D cameras, which are used for Face ID facial recognition. But the 2020 version can also operate at a distance of 4.5 meters and not nearly 25–50 cm as now. In addition, it can also scan the environment and not just faces.
Well, that said does not sound like a novelty. But in order to reintroduce this old feature that is no longer offered on the new iPhone, Apple will have to reinvigorate itself and create technology that allows the sensor to be placed on the screen.
This is a rumor that has been going on for a long time, but until now it could not have been done without the price of the terminal. It seems that in 2020 Apple may have found a way to do it at a reasonable price.
In fact, this is stated by the Economic Daily News portal, which believes that Apple will be able to incorporate fingerprint sensors on its mobile terminals on the same mobile phone as we have seen on Samsung Mobile in its 2020 terminals.
Price: How much will the iPhone 12 cost?
If we look at the prices of the iPhone 11 , surely we can get an idea of how much the iPhone 12 will cost when it goes on sale in 2020. At its launch, these were the prices of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max:
- iPhone 11: € 809 (64 GB) | € 859 (128 GB) | € 979 (256 GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro: € 1,159 (64 GB) | € 1,329 (256 GB) | € 1,559 (512 GB)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: € 1,259 (64 GB) | € 1,429 (256 GB) | € 1,659 (512 GB)
On April 30, Jon Prosser published on his Twitter profile a price list of the new models that, taking into account Prosser’s great streak in his latest predictions, we could very well consider them good.
Been seeing some reports speculating on iPhone 12 prices, so I asked my sources 👇— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 30, 2020
5.4 iPhone 12 D52G
OLED / 5G
6.1 iPhone 12 D53G
OLED / 5G
6.1 iPhone 12 Pro D53P
OLED / 5G
3 cam + LiDAR
6.7 iPhone 12 Pro Max D54P
OLED / 5G
3 cam + LiDAR
If confirmed, Apple would be willing to keep the price of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with the new iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, and that would have a larger screen and 5G compatibility.
On the other hand, the company would plan to release two iPhone 12 models with two different screen sizes: one with a 5.6 “panel (new) and the other with a 6.1” panel (like the iPhone 11 from 2019).
Design: What will the iPhone 12 look like?
With the exception of the new module with double or triple lens of the rear camera, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro did not present too many differences aesthetically speaking with previous models: the notch and the screen were preserved with practically no bezel.
The last time the iPhone was completely redesigned was when going from iPhone 8 to iPhone X and we thought that with the iPhone 12 it could come too. Thus, we suspect that there will be significant changes in the design of the next generation of Apple smartphones .
For example, the iPhone 12 could feature a design without a notch . In recent years, the notch has practically become an icon of iPhone design and we think that if Apple decides to apply any changes to it, it will be to get rid of it completely.
The notch includes several important sensors, such as those of the Face ID. Removing it would involve rethinking where to put them. Apple will have to design a technology that allows them to be included on the screen without raising the price too much.
In mid-November, PhoneArena published conceptual illustrations showing the new iPhone 12 with four lenses in the rear camera. Although this may seem unlikely, it is true that they fit perfectly with the flash in the center.
Currently, Apple has iPhones and iPads with very different screen sizes (4.7 “, 5.5”, 5.8 “, 6.1”, 6.5 “, 7.9″, 10.2 ” , 10.5 “, 11” and 12.9 “). If this seems confusing to you, it will be even more so if it is confirmed that there will be a new 5.4-inch iPhone.
Swedish graphic designer Max Rudberg has created the following conceptual illustration. The 5.4 inches come from a device about the size of the iPhone SE and iPhone 8 and has calculated the surface that the screen would occupy taking into account the notch .
These rough, but gives you an idea of what Apple could be going for with a 5.4” device — something in between an iPhone 8 and an SE, but with a much larger screen.— Max Rudberg (@maxrudberg) June 24, 2019
I would guess they would scale down the UI of the XS, even if screen would be narrower than that of an 8. pic.twitter.com/EFR88i1hEb
More recent information from Jon Prosser assure that Apple would be thinking of launching four different iPhone models. First we would have two models of iPhone 12, with a screen of 5.6 “(new) and 6.1” (like the iPhone 11). On the other hand, changes would come in the Pro models: iPhone 12 Pro 6.1 “(instead of 5.8”) and iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7 “(instead of 6.5”).
To this must be added the latest information from EverythingApplePro, according to which the iPhone 12 Pro will have a screen of up to 120 Hz with ProMotion technology. It would be the same panel that we have already seen in the new iPad Pros.
This is a rumor we’ve heard before, but 2020 could be the year Apple finally decides to replace the Lightning port with a USB C port, as it did in 2018 with the latest iPad Pro models.
We personally think that this will not happen, since the reason it was done with the iPad Pro was that it could offer faster data transfers to and from a camera, something essential for many creatives.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are available in silver, olive, space gray, and night green, while the iPhone 11 can be purchased in white, black, green, yellow, lilac, and red. It is, therefore, a very wide offer, but what will the generation of 2020 be like?
IPhone 12 will most likely follow the line of iPhone 11, but perhaps the hue of the more popular colors will change a bit. With the iPhone 11, Apple changed some colors and removed the 2018 blue and coral and replaced them with lilac and green.
As for the iPhone 12 Pro models, we are pretty sure that Apple will surprise us with a new option in navy blue. This has been stated by Max Weinbach, who believes that this will replace the green night of 2019. If confirmed, it would look like this:
Photos, conceptual illustrations and videos
Above, we have already seen the illustration of PhoneArena, in which we see the possible quad rear camera of the iPhone 12. But this is only the beginning. Below you can see other conceptual illustrations about the next smartphone .
One of them is this March 2019, the work of Miloš Toman, who also illustrates a design with a quad rear camera, although the vertical organization seems to us in this case somewhat more elegant and clean than the other.
IPhone 12 Specifications
It’s a bit early to accurately predict the full spec list for the iPhone 12, but given all the rumors outlined above, there are certain aspects that we’re more or less sure of.
- Operating system: iOS 14
- Processor: Chip A14 Bionic
- Storage: 64 GB | 256 GB | 512 GB
- RAM memory: 4 GB
- Display: 5.8 / 6.1 / 6.5 inch Super Retina XDR
- Rear camera: 12Mp triple camera