We are approaching the launch of the 2020 iPhones, which are scheduled to be released on October 13, 2020, but there are still hundreds of reports about the upcoming smartphones. If Apple follows the same naming scheme it used for the 2019 iPhone range, we expect the 2020 iPhones to be named the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
Significant upgrades will be included in the 2020 iPhones, bringing some of the first interface improvements we have seen since the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. We expect four iPhones that could come in at 5.4, 6.7, and 6.1 inches (x2) in three display sizes.
Rumors say that higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras will be the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model, whereas lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag will be the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models. It is expected that all iPhones in 2020 will feature OLED display technology regardless of price. There were reports that the high-end iPhone 12 models could have 120 Hz displays, but more recent rumours suggest that Apple will wait until 2021 to unveil the feature.
What will be the name of the current iPhone(s)?
Many analysts believe that four iPhone models will be launched by Apple this autumn: Pro models in 6.1 in and 6.7 in screen sizes, and non-Pros in 5.4 in and 6.1 in. But what are they going to be called? The most famous hypothesis for most of the year was this:
12 (5.4 in) iPhone
Max iPhone 12 (6.1 in)
Pro iPhone 12 (6.1 in)
Pro Max iPhone 12 (6.7 in)
In mid-September, however, a last-minute challenger appeared: A well-known and usually trustworthy leaker reckons that Apple would bring over the ‘mini’ branding from the iPad range. That would also have a knock-on effect on the iPhone 12 Max. Therefore, it will look like this:
(5.4 in) iPhone 12 mini
(6.1 in) iPhone 12
Pro iPhone 12 (6.1 in)
Pro Max iPhone 12 (6.7 in)
This seemed like a long shot at first, considering the leaker’s track record, but we’ve now seen more evidence: silicone case stickers for the latest gadgets.
iPhone 12 Release Date
The iPhone 12 will be revealed at Apple ‘s fall “Hey, Pace” event, scheduled to take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13. Period in the Pacific. Pre-orders for iPhone 12 could start on Friday 16 October and the first shipments of iPhone 12 and an official launch could take place on October 23.
The 2020 iPhone 12 models are arriving a few weeks later than normal, as Apple revealed during its July earnings call, marking the first time Apple has launched new iPhone models in October.
There have been reports suggesting that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models will launch at different times, in addition to a delayed October unveiling. In 2020, with the more affordable 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices expected to ship out ahead of the more costly Pro devices, Bloomberg suggests Apple will stagger the iPhone releases.
The basic models, 5.4 in and 6.1 in, and for the Pros, 6.1 in and 6.7 in. That comes from the spec dump in May, but for a while these numbers have been circulating.
If you wonder what a 5.4-in notched iPhone would look like, you’re in luck: a member of the MacRumors forum purchased a dummy of the planned design and took pictures comparing it to the first-gen iPhone SE and iPhone 7.
iphone 12 Leaked prices
|iPhone 12 Mini||$649||$699||$799||Not available|
|iPhone 12||$749||$799||$899||Not available|
|iPhone 12 Pro||Not available||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||Not available||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
iPhone 12 specs
|iPhone 12||iPhone 12 Max||iPhone 12 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro Max|
|Chipset||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic||A14 Bionic|
|5G||Just Sub-6||Just Sub-6||Both Sub-6 and mmWave||Both Sub-6 and mmWave|
|Storage||128GB + 256GB||128GB + 256GB||128GB + 256GB + 512GB||128GB + 256GB + 512GB|
With a metal frame that is identical to the frame of the iPhone 4, the 2020 iPhones will feature a revamped design. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says a more complicated segmentation design and advanced trenching and injection moulding techniques will be used in the new iPhones.
The overall style, however, with a squared-edged stainless steel frame between two pieces of glass, would resemble the iPhone 4 or iPad Pro. A stainless steel frame will be used on the new iPhone, which will replace the existing rounded stainless steel frame and will continue to use front and back glass for the device’s body.
A new iPhone needs a flagship feature-it is possible to build something around an announcement case. All was about cameras in 2019 (triple lenses and night mode). We assume it’ll be 5 G in 2020, if Apple can pull it off in time.
5 G-which version, though?
5 G has been commonly offered by Android phone manufacturers for some time-in fact, since before the iPhone 11 was introduced-but Apple is behind the curve in this department. Why this delay?
The issue is getting the modems to be supplied by someone. Apple used to partner with Qualcomm, but the two companies had a big fall-out over patents; a partnership with Intel was later formed, but the company has since left the 5 G arena … And sold to Apple much of its smartphone modem business.
So Apple could make modems of its own now, but that’s not going to be possible until 2021. In the meantime, 5 G will be enabled by the iPhone 12, based on modems from another supplier (or again from Qualcomm, as legal issues have been resolved).
But what kind of 5 G is the iPhone 12 going to support? There are many models, and the one that everybody wants-known as millimetre wave, or mmWave-is less commonly available and is more costly to implement. Some manufacturers tend to sell the 5 G sub-6GHz variant, which is slower (though still much faster than 4 G) than mmWave.
It looks like Apple would compromise on mmWave at this point. MmWave 5 G will support one or two of the premium versions, while the others will have to settle for sub-6GHz. The new idea is that mmWave can only get the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the largest and most expensive model; this seems a little tough on 12 Pro customers, which will cost a small fortune as well, but maybe they will get lucky.
|Dimensions||7.4 mm thickness|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM and/or eSIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China|
|IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 4m for 30 mins)|
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
|Matte Space Gray, Matte Silver, Matte Gold, Matte Midnight Green, Matte Blue|
|Price||About 1100 USD|
|Chipset||Apple A14 (5nm)|