We’re under few days away from the expected launch of the new iPhone 12 lineup and we’re excited to what Apple has in store for the 2020 flagships. At the event, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are all set to be revealed. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s expanded set of iPhones.
Apple sent out the invites and we now know we’ll be seeing the new iPhones on October 13. The huge event kicks off at 6 PM BST (October 14, 1 AM SGT). The event is closing in fast and there’s plenty to catch up on before the big launch. Read on for our handy guide on all the important stuff – from release date, design, specs, camera and more. We'll be covering this launch in 2 parts, which the first part will be covered today, and second part will be covered tomorrow, so make sure to bookmark it and come back for more.
iPhone 12 release date – When will it come out?
We’ve been expecting it but now we know, iPhone 12 will be revealed on October 14 at 6 PM BST (October 14, 1 AM SGT). Numerous sources had pointed to this date before the event and Apple has now confirmed the date via invites for the event.
A new report from prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser has shaken up expectations for when customers will be able to get their hands on the various new models of iPhone 12.
Prosser’s reporting on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro coming first and the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini coming later opposes what we’ve seen from MacRumors and Bloomberg.
These reports to the contrary have pointed towards the more conventional expectation that the regular iPhone 12 models will come first, with the Pro models to follow in November. However, both sources point to the same dates, even if the products remain unconfirmed.
iPhone 12 price – How much will it cost?
We’ve already seen some leaks and predictions regarding price, with the standard iPhone 12 being touted as starting at either USD $749 (~SGD $1018) or USD $799 (~SGD $1084) thus far.
The ongoing uncertainty continued this week through to separate leaks pointing to these different prices:
However, the lower-priced suggestion has been more widely corroborated with prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser touting the same prices way back in April:
Jon Prosser was the source of a great deal of insider information on the iPhone SE 2, so these estimates are easily the most reliable prices we’ve seen for the iPhone 12 series. They’re also roughly in line with our expectations.
As aspect of the new lineup that could have a big impact on price this year is 5G. However, Apple seems to know this and wants to do something about it. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple will be looking to cut the costs of battery technology to make up for the additional 5G pricing. The battery tech would feature “a simpler and smaller design with fewer layers,” with the plan that it would lower battery costs by 40-50%.
We don’t know if this would be enough to prevent Apple passing any 5G charge onto consumers, with Kuo stating Sub-6GHz 5G costs of $75–$85 for Apple and millimetre wave will cost $125–$135. Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan has also told CNN Business he believes Apple will likely push the price of the highest-end iPhone 12 model up by $100 to account for the addition of 5G connectivity.
How many models of the iPhone 12 will there be?
UBS analysts believe that Apple will release not one, but four new iPhones in 2020, with the following specifications:
A 6.7-inch iPhone with 6GB of RAM and a triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing
A 6.1-inch iPhone with 6GB of RAM and a triple-lens rear camera with 3D sensing
A 6.1-inch iPhone with 4GB of RAM and a dual-lens rear camera
A 5.4-inch iPhone with 4GB of RAM and a dual-lens rear camera
While we are pretty comfortable in those two top-end models being iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, there’s seems to be murmurings of a different name for the bottom-end 5.4-inch iPhone.
L0vetodream, a leaker with a decent track record, has claimed that the small model will, in fact, be called iPhone 12 Mini – rather than just iPhone 12. Apple has used the “Mini” name convention before with iPods, so it isn’t out of the question.
iPhone 12 specs – How powerful will it be?
As you can see from Jon Prosser’s most recent reporting on release date above, the leaker is also stating the base iPhone 12 will begin with just 64GB of storage. You’ll have to fork out extra cash if you need more. Prosser added in a follow-up tweet that the Pro models would start at 128GB, however.
While the upcoming Apple Silicon Macs are getting most of the attention when it comes to Apple processors, the company still has a speedy iPhone 12 to facilitate.
If these new leaked benchmarks (via IceUniverse) are anything to go by, the new A14 chip may fall short:
The benchmarks show the A14 chip getting beat by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor. While some may be disappointed by this, it is always hard to judge Apple devices solely on a benchmark, with Apple’s control over its whole ecosystem allowing key performance gains in real-world performance.
iPhone 12 camera – What is LiDAR?
We don’t know a whole lot about the camera setup for iPhone 12, with some upgrade on the dual-camera setup of iPhone 11 expected. However, one interesting inclusion could be LiDAR technology from iPad Pro.
Jon Prosser’s recent leak added weight to the notion that LiDAR will appear on the iPhone 12 Pro Max:
On the left image, you can see the option named “Enable LiDAR CA” and is described as “LiDAR assisted auto focus and subject detection for Video and Night Mode”.
While LiDAR on the regular iPhone 12 still seems like a stretch, it’s exciting to see the depth-sensing tech being tested for any of the iPhone 2020 lineup.
To find out more on the iPhone 12 leaks, do make sure to bookmark and come back tomorrow for part 2 of the article. There will be leaks on Phone 12 design, iPhone 12 screen display, 5G network, and accessories that comes with your iPhone purchase.