The expected iPhone 12 will be an undoubted hit, because it is this device that will be considered the first in a three-year cycle of updating the appearance of Apple’s smartphone models. This determines the interest in the future flagship, which will appear in September 2020. It should be markedly different from its predecessor, laying the foundation for a new cult product design.
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It turns out that quite a lot is already known about what this smartphone will be like. You can speculate with great confidence about the new design, the appearance of another camera, updating the display, the number of models and many other innovations. In the meantime, before the release of iPhone 12 there is still time, let’s try to put together all the information about the new flagship Apple. Perhaps it is time to start saving money for it, and how much you will also learn from this article.
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How many new iPhones will be in 2020
It seems that Apple will change itself and in 2020 will present immediately five new smartphones (taking into account the iPhone SE 2) That’s exactly what the famous analyst Min-Chi Kuo believes.
With regard to Apple devices, he has already given dozens of correct predictions. Earlier, the analyst correctly predicted the spring release of iPhone SE 2, and now, according to him, in the fall the company will introduce four more models:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12 with OLED screen and 5G support;
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Plus with OLED screen and 5G support;
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro with OLED screen, 5G support and 3D camera;
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max with OLED screen, 5G support and 3D camera.
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What will the new iPhone be called in 2020?
After iPhone 5, iPhone 5s was expected, then iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. No surprises were planned – complete predetermination. But with the advent of the iPhone X, the company changed its traditional approach to naming the product. The names began to turn out to be very cumbersome, for example, the last smartphone of the company received the name iPhone 11 Pro Max. In 2015, no one would have believed such a thing!
But Apple, it seems, is not going to change anything. There is no evidence that the approach to naming will be different. You can only try to predict the name of the 2020 model based on the name of previous devices. Given the analogies of 2019, we can expect the release of models with the name iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The names, though bulky, are already familiar.
According to analysts, the initial and cheapest model of the iPhone 12 will receive a 5.4-inch screen. It should be noted here that for the first time Apple will release a smartphone with a reduced screen (iPhone 11 Pro has a screen of 5.8 inches). Previously, always the diagonal of smartphones only increased. The second version of the “budget” iPhone 12 Plus will receive a 6.1-inch display.
In turn, the iPhone 12 Pro will receive a 5.4-inch, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a 6.7-inch display.
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IPhone 12 Design
Design iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
There is almost no doubt that Apple will significantly change the look of the new 2020 smartphones. The previous iteration has been going on for 3 years and has obviously exhausted itself.
The main changes will affect the shape of the case. The connecting frame will no longer be rounded, it will have right angles. According to Min-Chi Kuo, such a design decision will make the new smartphones look like the already legendary iPhone 4. The rectangular side edges of the iPhone 12 will resemble those of the latest generation iPad Pro tablets. It is worth noting that after the appearance of the iPad Pro in 2018 with a new design, many suggested the appearance of similar faces in the iPhone. This information is confirmed by other sources.
Design iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Plus
Will be used to create the hull and new materials. IPhones 2020 will receive a metal frame with a complicated design. To do this, you will need to use a new casting technology. The frame will integrate one-piece safety glass covering the front and back surfaces of the case.
Analysts suggest that using unique manufacturing techniques will make the product even more expensive. Min-Chi Kuo emphasizes that rectangular frames in the style of iPhone 4 and new materials “significantly” change the appearance of the product. This statement looks rather loud, which is a rarity for an insider. Obviously, redesigning the iPhone will prove to be really powerful.
In addition, the unveiled alleged CAD drawings of the flagship 2020 confirm the reduction of the frame around the screen perimeter compared to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. It is also known that the so-called “bangs” with a system of cameras and TrueDepth sensors will be reduced by about half.
Of course, the concept is not based on real drawings or an approved model, but only leaks. Significant changes will affect the appearance of the entire case. Thanks to changes in the design of the iPhone 12 will be able to achieve incredible popularity among users.
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IPhone 12 Display
All new smartphones of the new generation will receive an OLED display. Apple has finally abandoned LCD screens. This information from leading analysts was also confirmed by potential suppliers. Apple has already agreed with LG and BOE on the supply of OLED screens for their future smartphones. New suppliers were needed, as the former, Samsung, is not able to satisfy Apple’s needs for screens of this type alone.
As we said above, the new models will receive screens with a diagonal of 5.4-, 6.1- and 6.7 inches. While nothing is known about the characteristics of the displays: resolution and pixel density, brightness, dynamic range.
But now an interesting fact is connected with one of the future models. For the first time in Apple’s history, a new smartphone with a reduced screen size will appear! We are talking about the 5.4-inch iPhone 12. This step will be evidence of Apple’s consideration of the wishes of its users. Many have long been asking to release a compact smartphone, but meanwhile the size of the diagonals is only growing from year to year. And in 2020, it will likely reach a record 6.7 inches. Against this background, the 5.4-inch iPhone will look really compact. And in reality it will turn out to be really small.
In one of the publications, the probable sizes of the iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch screen were even calculated. This smartphone can have dimensions of 134 mm × 66.4 mm. You can compare this with the size of the 4-inch iPhone SE with its 123.8 × 58.6 mm and make sure a small difference. You do not have to peer at the screen. The compact case will accommodate a fairly large 5.4-inch screen with minimal frames. The screen of such a smartphone will be quite enough for the consumption of content of any kind.
Interesting information was shared by an insider of Ice Universe. According to its sources, the displays of the new iPhone 12 will work with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. At the same time, users will also have the opportunity to independently choose the option they need. In normal use, you can set 60 Hz and save your battery, but for games you can set 120 Hz already.
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Processor and RAM iPhone 12
To ensure the record performance of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the platform is based on the Apple A14 processor. There is no information about this new chip yet.
Obviously, the iPhone 12 will receive an increased amount of RAM. All 2019 models have 4 GB of RAM available, but the iPhone XS / XS Max had exactly the same amount. Most likely, the 2020 models will receive 6 GB of RAM, for flagship models this is almost inevitable. And the amount of internal memory should also grow. And again, you can recall the preservation of the capacity of the iPhone 11 Pro relative to its predecessor, iPhone XS.
Apple simply cannot fail to follow trends and lag behind competitors. It is expected that the amount of internal memory in the younger model will be 128 GB. The average model will receive 512 GB, and the top one – 1 TB, as well as the current flagship Samsung. But so far this information does not even come from insiders, but simply assumptions. Not the fact that Apple considers it reasonable to participate in the gigabyte race – the company is not in vain developing and actively introducing cloud technologies.
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IPhone 12 cameras
Most likely, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will receive a system of four cameras:
- Wide-angle 12 megapixel;
- 12 megapixel telephoto cameras;
- 12 megapixel ultra wide angle;
- 3D cameras LiDAR.
Noteworthy is the new 3D camera LiDAR, which first appeared in the iPad Pro 2020. Perhaps it will become the main technological innovation of the iPhone 12 Pro. The very word LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is literally deciphered as “detection and determination of range using light.” The main feature of such a camera is the ability to accurately determine the distance to objects through the use of a low-power infrared laser, not even a laser, but its entire grid. The camera sensor will be able to measure the flight time of the beam, which gave the name of the technology. The LiDAR camera is also called time-of-flight. In fact, the smartphone will receive an additional image in which each pixel is responsible for depth, and not for color.
The presence of a 3D camera will open smartphones a number of new opportunities. First of all, they will noticeably improve the quality of their pictures, especially those taken in portrait mode. Improved perception of the depth of the camera will allow you to clearly separate the subject from the background when creating a photo with the effect of depth of field.
Thanks to the LiDAR camera, the iPhone 12 Pro will have new opportunities for working with augmented reality. Users will be able to scan real objects and living creatures, and then transfer them to applications with augmented reality. Rumor has it that Apple will combine these features with the release of its new “smart” glasses, which may appear in 2022.
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IPhone 12 Battery
Apple has traditionally not revealed the battery capacity of its devices, focusing only on battery life. One can only guess what batteries will be in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. Users are hoping to increase battery capacity, as happened with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max and allowed them to increase battery life by 4 and 5 hours, respectively. But such a jump in autonomy is no longer to be expected. The fact is that the new iPhone is likely to get the opportunity to work in fifth-generation networks. This is clearly not for the better will affect the operating time of the iPhone 12 without recharging.
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IPhone 12 Connectivity
The new iPhone 12 will be the first Apple smartphones to support the 5G standard. It is no coincidence that, for the sake of this event, the company even terminated a lengthy lawsuit with Qualcomm, the manufacturer of 5G modems. For the sake of joint cooperation, the legal war, which lasted several years, was stopped. The companies have already agreed on the supply of 5G modems for future iPhones. This is confirmed by the documents on the termination of the lawsuit. So we can safely say that iPhone 12 will support 5G networks.
In addition, in the summer of 2019, Apple acquired Intel’s modem division. Obviously, Cupertino is looking to the future and does not want to depend on external suppliers to implement support for 5G networks. But its own modem will be ready no earlier than 2022. Apple does not want to stay away from the revolutionary solution, especially since some Android models received support for 5G networks back in 2019.
Unfortunately, domestic operators have not yet launched a single fifth-generation commercial public network. The introduction of 5G networks in Russia is planned for 2021.
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Touch ID sensor integrated in the screen
Back in early 2019, they started talking about Apple’s intention to place a fingerprint scanner on the screens of its smartphones. The company plans to use it not to replace Touch ID technology, but to supplement it, giving users an alternative.
But the scanner didn’t appear in the iPhone 11, but the first information about Apple’s discussion with the manufacturers of touch screens about the possibility of installing an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm already appeared. As a result of Apple’s collaboration with the manufacturer of GIS screens, the fingerprint should appear in at least one iPhone 12. Qualcomm already supplies such sensors for Samsung smartphones, but an improved version of the technology may appear on the iPhone. True, the final implementation of the ultrasonic sensor can be postponed to 2021. It is no coincidence that Apple plans to switch to OLED displays, because only they work with sensors of this kind. The presentation in December 2019 of a Qualcomm touch sensor measuring 30 by 20 mm, which is 17 times larger than that used by Samsung’s flagships, gives hope for the iPhone’s full-screen fingerprint capability.
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Lightning or USB-C?
According to data provided by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will abandon the Lightning connector in the iPhone only in 2021. In other words, the iPhone 12 will continue to be equipped with the familiar Lightning connector.
According to an insider Fudge (@choco_bit) instead of the Lightning connector, the iPhone 13 in 2013 will receive an interface that combines the existing Qi-type wireless charging and the Smart Connector magnetic connector used to transfer and synchronize data on the latest iPad models.
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iPhone 12 without headphones included?
According to the latest data from insiders, Apple may stop supplying free headphones with the new iPhone. This is a major change, given that the company has been releasing its free wired earphones called EarPods since the first iPhone was launched in 2007.
EarPods are also sold separately by Apple, at a price of 2,500 rubles and are available in two versions: the Lightning version and the option with a standard 3.55 mm headphone jack.
Most likely, Apple plans such a move in the hope of encouraging potential buyers of the iPhone 12 to choose one of the AirPods headphone models.
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Luminous apple in iPhone 12
Not so long ago, Apple has patented the glow of its logo using LED. It is likely that this solution may appear in the iPhone 12 and become a response to claims about the lack of an indicator of notification of calls and messages. The patent even indicates a possible adjustment of the type of glow through the use of several layers of backlight to adjust the color and light level. Previously, a luminous apple was present on the Macbook, becoming its universally recognized “chip.” Now it can appear in the iPhone 12, becoming both a decoration and a functional indicator.
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Fast wireless charging in iPhone 12
Wireless charging appeared in the iPhone 8, but since then the company has clearly lost momentum in this direction, giving way to competitors. You can recall at least the story of the announced, but never released AirPower station. It is expected that a new generation Qi will be implemented in the iPhone 12, with increased power, as well as support for reverse charging. This will allow smartphones to recharge not only their brothers, but also AirPods with Apple Watch.
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Price for iPhone 12 and iPhone Pro in Russia
The price of the new iPhone interests Apple fans almost more than the capabilities of smartphones. With high probability, it can be argued that the iPhone 12 will cost slightly more than previous models. There are several logical explanations for this. iPhone 12 is the first model of the new cycle of Apple smartphones. It will stand out with its design, and the use of new technologies will clearly affect the cost. And the prices for the iPhone in 2019 remained unchanged, which the experts were quite surprised. It is likely that the marketing strategy involves raising prices for 2020, when there will clearly be a surge in interest in the new generation iPhone. Based on this, we can assume an increase in prices of new models by at least $ 50.
And here are the estimated prices of iPhone 12 in Russia, based on previous experience, forecasts and leaks:
- iPhone 12 – from 63,990 rubles.
- iPhone 12 Plus – from 73 990 rubles.
- iPhone 12 Pro – from 93 990 rubles.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – from 103 990 rubles.
Updated pricing information for the iPhone 12 will only appear closer to September 2020.
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Released iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in Russia
The presentation and release of the new iPhone will take place according to the usual scenario for Apple. Apple will introduce the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro in the first half of September 2020, while sales will start in the second half of the month. All four smartphone models will appear on the shelves at the same time, as happened in 2019 with the iPhone 11 line.
In 2019, Russia was already on the list of “first wave” countries, having the opportunity to purchase new iPhones on the first day of sales. Едва ли что-то изменится в 2020 году – новые iPhone 12 появятся в продаже уже во второй половине сентября.