iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 (according to rumors)
The iPhone 12 will arrive in our stores very shortly, although rumors point to a launch a little later than usual: most likely in October. Even before the iPhone 11 was released, experts were already predicting that the 12 would be the really significant upgrade – with, above all, support for 5G technology.
But will the new phones be very different from last year’s models? In this article, we go through the latest leaks and rumors to compare the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro.
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For the first time since the iPhone 5, Apple is rumored to be investing in sharper, more square edges, a design change that would be among the biggest news of this year. It seems that the iPhone 12 will be inspired by the design of the iPad Pro 2018/2020, with straight edges, but with even narrower bezels around the screen.
(However, some rumors suggest that this design language will only apply to the two Pro models, which could make the difference between the different price tiers clearer.)
Apple is also said to have chosen new screen sizes. The cheapest model is said to be 5.4 inches; two other models will have a 6.1-inch screen, and the Pro Max model will have 6.7 inches.
According to various sources, Apple will use OLED panels for the first time in all new iPhone models, even the cheapest ones. Tech leaker Jon Prosser claims the Pro Max model will continue to stand out among the cheapest thanks to the ProMotion feature, just like on the iPad Pro – the ability to dynamically increase the refresh rate to 120Hz when needed. However, Max Weinbach has heard something different, so this will be one of the most interesting rumors to follow.
The most hyped news before the launch of the iPhone 12 is the support for 5G technology. According to the latest rumors, it will be featured on all models, but some experts think that only certain models will support the millimeter wave, the fastest variant of 5G. This requires many densely placed base stations and is expected to occur mainly in city centers.
For most users, 5G will not make a big difference to the current user experience; it’s just not available in most places yet. But those who keep their phones for a long time will be able to take advantage of the technology as it begins to spread.
For more detailed information on Apple’s plans in this area, read our guide to the iPhone 5G.
Apple is always working hard to improve its iPhone cameras, for the simple reason that they are one of the main reasons why customers upgrade to new phones.
Recent rumors suggest that Apple will once again offer dual cameras on standard models, and triple cameras on professionals. However, the Pro models will have an additional sensor alongside conventional camera lenses: a LiDAR unit for fast and accurate depth perception. This component is already present in the iPad Pro.
According to Max Weinbach, the telephoto camera on the Pro models will have a narrower field of view for the 3x optical zoom, compared to 2x today. There have also been rumors that after many years, Apple could increase the number of pixels from 12 to 64 million.
The iPhone 12 may also bring good news for those who are more interested in video than photography. According to EverythingApplePro, the iPhone 12 will be capable of recording 4K video up to an insane 240fps (frames per second). Today’s models can handle “only” 60fps, but with 120 or 240fps, it will be possible to record slow motion video and also play video with less motion blur.
A new iPhone means a new A processor, we’ve come to take that for granted. The iPhone 12 is expected to be equipped with an A14 bionic chip, as always made by TSMC.
Rumor has it that it will be manufactured using TSMC’s new 5nm technology, which itself offers a 15% speed gain, or a 30% reduction in power consumption (or a mix of both). Also, you can add Apple optimizations and improvements. We assume that the performance is 50% higher.
There have also been reports that the Pro models of the iPhone 12 will be equipped with 6GB of RAM for smoother multitasking.
According to Jon Prosser, the US prices for the iPhone 12 models will be as follows:
iPhone 12 (with a 5.4-inch screen): $ 649.
iPhone 12 Max (6.1in): $ 749
iPhone 12 Pro (6.1in): $ 999
iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7in): $ 1,099
It’s pretty much the same as the previous generation, with only a moderate price increase in the 12 Max compared to its current equivalent. The iPhone 11 is available in three variants, priced in the US at $ 699, $ 999, and $ 1,099 respectively.
What will be included in the box?
5G support costs a lot, but according to rumors, Apple will not raise the prices of this year’s models much compared to last year. Instead, the company will absorb the costs by making savings in other areas and possibly accepting a slightly lower profit margin.
One of those savings will be made, according to almost universal speculation, by selling the iPhone 12 without a charger or headphones.
So the box should only contain the phone, a new (improved and possibly braided) USB cable with USB-C on one end, and perhaps a headphone adapter. This means that the box itself will be smaller and lighter and will be exquisitely designed.
The lack of the small 5W charger is probably not a big loss for most people as it is very slow to charge. Instead, we can be happy that rumors claim that the iPhone 12 will support a 20W load, compared to the iPhone 11’s 18W.