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Recent iPhone 12 rumors: A last-minute leak showed Apple’s pricing and release dates

The current iPhone 11.

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This story is part of Apple eventOur full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

The closer we get October 13 iPhone 12 release dateLeaks follow. The latest from Leak Kang, Confirms that Apple will launch four sizes of phones within the iPhone 12 lineup, all with 5G support. The leak also touched on price and release date, among other details. We have summarized all the rumors and leaks below. Until Tuesday’s Apple hypothetical event (which You can watch live broadcasts From home starting at 10 AM PDT, 1 PM ET, 6 PM GMT) all we can do is speculate.

While we usually see new flagship iPhones in September, the COVID-19 outbreak Suppliers in China have been forced to close or operate at limited capacity. this is Not only was Apple stock affected in SeptemberBut it might affect Sales too. Apple also shut down US retail stores, Although some now have it It reopened in limited ways. All this has reached its climax Apple confirms that there will be a delay For iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 Mini.

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Despite such disruptions and Apple’s veil of secrecy, there are some things we do know about the iPhone 12. From what we’ve seen of iOS 14 (which is available for download now), we can expect the phone to have software features like widgets, app libraries and picture-in-picture. Unofficial hardware rumors include 3D depth sensing on its rear cameras and new screen sizes. Adding 5G connectivity would also make sense considering Apple’s main rival, Samsung, launched several 5G phones this year, including the recent Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, as well as the flagship Galaxy S20 phones. The later timeline might have some unexpected positive consequences too, including giving carriers like Verizon more time to build out its 5G coverage.

Read more: iPhone 12 wish list: 5 features I wish Apple would copy from Samsung

As we wait for Oct. 13 to roll around, check back often as we will continue to update it with the most probable and compelling rumors. And if you’re already planning to get the device, here are three things you can do now to prep for the iPhone 12.

Top iPhone 12 rumors

  • Apple said the iPhone 12 will be available “a few weeks later” than the usual mid-September launch. Apple has since sent an invitation to its Oct. 13 event, where the iPhone 12 launch is expected.
  • There may be four iPhone 12 models in four different screen sizes: the iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch) the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (6.1-inch), 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch).
  • The four iPhone 12 models could have different release dates: The iPhone 12 Mini may be available for preorder on Nov. 6 or 7, with a release date of Nov. 12 or 13. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro could start preorders on Oct. 16 or 17 and release Oct. 23 or 24. And the iPhone 12 Pro Max preorder date is rumored to be Nov. 13 or 14, released Nov. 20 or 21.
  • The iPhone 12 Mini model may start at $699, the same as the iPhone 11’s starting price.
  • iPhone 12 phones may have 5G.
  • iPhone 12 may not come with earbuds or a power adapter.
  • iPhone 12 may come in dark blue.
  • iPhone 12’s rear-facing camera(s) may have 3D depth-sensing technology.

Announcement date: Oct. 13

Back in August, in what appeared to be a misstep on Apple’s part, a Twitter user posted a screenshot of a possible Apple livestream event scheduled for Sept. 10. The event date and time appeared on Apple’s YouTube page and then was taken down.

The event actually ended up being held on Sept. 15, and it wasn’t at all about the iPhone. Another mobile leaker and Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser reported that the iPhone 12 would be introduced during an Oct. 12 event and will ship out Oct. 19, for instance.

We now know Apple will host another virtual event on Oct. 13, where the iPhone 12 is expected to make its debut.

Release date: iPhone 12 lineup may have staggered release dates

Despite Apple’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, assuring investors it should still make its fall timeline, The Wall Street Journal reported that the iPhone 12 could face delays. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic and its unprecedented effect on manufacturing and consumer demands. The report estimated that Apple may wait until October to announce or launch the phone, which is about a month after the iPhone’s usual launch. As we moved into October, this estimate proved true.

Apple CFO Luca Maestri all but confirmed this on a quarterly earnings call, saying, “This year, we project supply to be available a few weeks later” than last year’s mid-September launch. 

Others have suggested not a single launch date but several. A rumor floated by DigiTimes and picked up by MacRumors, suggested that Apple may launch its 2020 iPhones in multiple stages. The two 6.1-inch iPhone models may launch first, with the 6.7- and 5.4-inch variants coming later. (For more on the different speculated iPhone sizes, read more below.)

The Oct. 9 leak by Kang, reported by The Verge, predicts the following preorder and release dates for the four models:

  • iPhone 12 Mini: Preorders Nov. 6 or 7; release date Nov. 12 or 13
  • iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro: Preorders Oct. 16 or 17; release date Oct. 23 or 24
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: Preorders Nov. 12 or 13; release date Nov. 20 or 21

While we expect to see the iPhone 12 at Apple’s Oct. 13 event, no release date has been confirmed thus far.

Price: iPhone 12 may be cheaper than iPhone 11

When the iPhone 11 debuted last year, we were pleasantly surprised that its base model cost $699, which was $50 cheaper than 2018’s iPhone XR. This trend may continue, with one tech analyst reporting that Apple will price the iPhone 12 at $649, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099. Here’s everything we know about iPhone 12’s price so far.

The latest leak, however, prices the four models a bit differently, putting the iPhone 12 Mini at $699, the same as iPhone 11’s starting price. The leak also shows a $799 price for iPhone 12, $999 for iPhone 12 Pro and $1,099 for iPhone 12 Pro Max.

5G: iPhone 12 may have next-gen connectivity

Several rumors are predicting that Apple will include 5G connectivity this year. More specifically, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the company to unveil three 5G phones, and Fast Company reported that Apple may use its own proprietary 5G antennas.

Kang says that not only will all four phones (12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max) support low-band and midband 5G but that will support mmWave (which is faster but has much less range).

There are a couple of reasons why the company didn’t jump on the trend in 2019. First, Apple usually isn’t the first in on mobile trends, preferring instead to perfect an emerging technology before committing to it. For example, it was behind its competitors in making phones with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity when those networks just launched. 

Second, Apple stopped working with the leading 5G modem provider, Qualcommbecause of a dispute over Qualcomm’s licensing fees. The two companies settled their litigation in April 2019, and then agreed to a multiyear 5G chip deal. This led to Apple’s previous partner of 5G modems, Intel, to ultimately exit the 5G phone modem business altogether and Apple later acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. Apple is still working with Qualcomm, but it got started too late to launch a 5G phone last year when a few of its rivals released their 5G models, like the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

Whatever its start date though, Apple releasing a 5G phone is notable not only because the phone will be able to connect to the next-gen network, but also because this standout feature won’t be entirely under Apple’s control. 5G networks are built by carriers, and Apple is taking a risk because users all across the country will have different experiences on this nascent network depending on their coverage. 

Design: iPhone 12 may be similar (or not) to iPhone 11

Every other year, Apple usually makes notable cosmetic changes to its iPhone to freshen up its look, much to the delight of anticipating buyers. But a report by Japanese publication Mac Otakara, citing an unnamed Chinese supplier, reported that the iPhone 12 will look similar to the iPhone 11. The only possible difference is that the iPhone 12’s edges will be slightly bowed. 

On the other hand, Apple is also speculated to completely revamp the iPhone’s design with flat edges (similar to the new iPads). This could trigger what Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called “the perfect storm of demand,” which would drive up sales and result in a “super cycle” for Apple. 

While the new iPad Air features a Touch ID button, a welcome alternative to Face Unlock in the age of coronavirus masks, we don’t think iPhone 12 will follow suit, unfortunately. We’ve rounded up our best guesses about iPhone 12’s design here.

Accessories: iPhone 12 may not come with EarPods or a power adapter

In one of the most unpopular rumors, Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo This has been reported Apple might not put wired EarPods in the iPhone 12 box. This will be a step to encourage people to purchase the company’s radios AirPods While that. (Apple is rumored to be announcing a pair of Over-ear headphones called AirPods Studio, Too.) Apple has included the EarPods since the release of the IPhone 5 released in 2012, So this would be a noticeable change. AirPod and AirPod Pro The earbuds are currently priced at $ 159 (£ 159, AU $ 249) and $ 249 (£ 249, AU $ 399), respectively.

IPhone Chargers 1

IPhone 12 may not come with a power adapter.

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Ming-Chi Kuo expected it to be IPhone 12 will be shipped without a power adapter Also, according to 9to5Mac. The reason is mainly due to costs – by abandoning them, Apple can cut costs while loading the phone with 5G components. It will also help reduce shipping costs as the package size will shrink.

Apple won’t be alone in changing. Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra from Samsung It does not come with headphones – Although if you really need a pair, Samsung will send it out for free. But unlike the common power adapter, Note phones It still comes with a charger in the box.

Read more: What else could Apple announce on October 13th?

Processor: iPhone 12 is likely to contain A14 Bionic

Given that the latest iPhones feature an A13 Bionic processor, the next proprietary chipset is very likely called A14 Bionic. And like every year, we expect this year to be faster and more efficient than its predecessor. But more specifically, an Apple leak on Twitter, Komia, I mentioned that the A14 will get a 40% CPU boost and 50% GPU boost.

Colors: iPhone 12 Pro may come in Dark Blue

Last year, Apple introduced the midnight green on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. whether Do you like the shade or not, Actually color-changing Sold well compared to expectations. This year there may be a possibility that Apple will launch another new color. Dark blue, on iPhone 12 Pro to me XDA developer. This will be on trend since they are both blue Pantone Choose a color for the New Year (“classic blue”) and Shutterstock Included “Phantom Blue” in its 2020 color forecast.

IPhone 12 Pro - Navy-Blue

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Specifications and screen: Four possible iPhone 12 models

One of the most enduring rumors about upcoming iPhones is that Apple may introduce new screen sizes. One of the models, it is rumored, will be called the iPhone 12 Mini according to (A) September 24 leakIt may have a 5.4-inch screen (of current iPhones, and iPhone SE Smallest 4.7-inch screen). And iPhone 12 Pro Max could be as big as 6.7 inches (to indicate, IPhone 11 Pro Max It has a 6.5 inch screen.)

There is also speculation that the iPhone 12 has a screen It will be at a refresh rate of 120 Hz And maybe this IPhone 12 Pro may have a ProMotion screen, Which is currently displayed on iPad Pro. Most phones update at 60 frames per second, or 60 Hz, but others, like the Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro Refresh at 120 Hz. With a higher refresh rate, the phone feels faster and smoother when scrolling through things like web pages and apps.

It has already been predicted that all four new phones will have OLED screens. But Leaker suggests Kang That all new phones will have Super Retina XDR displays, not just the high-end models like the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max this year.


A rendering of what the iPhone 12 could look like.

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With the possibility of new screen sizes emerging, rumors have spread that Apple will expand its iPhone line. In December 2019, Lexi Savids of CNET wrote:

According to JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee, Apple will launch four new iPhone 12 models in fall 2020: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch phones, and a 6.7-inch phone. All of them will have OLED screens.

The size projections were these, too Supported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week, Who thinks the current 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro may disappear. So the 5.4-inch and one 6.1-inch models will be the lower-end devices, which are supposed to be called the iPhone 12. Then the more expensive phones will be the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max phones. Respectively.

Read more: The best ways to sell or trade your old iPhone in 2020

In terms of storage, Apple has been rumored to be ditching 64GB of storage space on the base models. Kang says that a file 12 mini and 12 will come with 64 GB And up to 256 GB. But 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be available in 128GB to 512GB capacities.

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Camera: iPhone 12 may have a 3D depth sensor

Since the iPhone X, newer iPhones have front cameras that have 3D depth sensing. Known as Face ID, This feature scans your face to unlock your phone and authorize digital payment. It was rumored that Apple might take the matter a little and introduce the same system to its rear cameras. In August 2019, CNET’s Vanessa Oriana wrote:

Longtime Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via Mac rumors And the 9to5MacHe said he expects two 2020 iPhone models to have a new time-of-flight camera lens on the back of the phone. The setup will be similar to the current True Depth camera system used for Face ID on the front of the phone, except that it will use a slightly different type of technology that could allow it to 3D map objects from further away. This will greatly improve augmented reality apps and take some camera features like Portrait Mode to the next level.

IPhone camera array images integrating a depth-sensing lens, were traded with a lot Online Commentators Notice how the iPhone 12’s likely camera layout looks similar to a fireplace.

It is unclear how many new iPhones, if any, will be equipped with this feature.

Several rumors state that the new 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are getting LiDAR. But Kang says that a The telephoto camera will go from 2x optical zoom to 3x optical zoom On the 12 Pro and 4x optical zoom on the 12 Pro Max.

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