Tim Cook is currently cleaning his best Nike trainers and that means the day has arrived. The full new iPhone 12 lineup will be launching later today, introducing iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. We’ve got everything you need to know before the huge iPhone event kicks off tonight.
The Apple “Hi, Speed.” event is scheduled to begin at 6 PM BST (October 14, 1 AM SGT). We’re expecting to see a full lineup of new 5G phones (hence the slogan) and one extra non-iPhone goody in the form of a HomePod mini. If you have not read up Part 1 leaks on the new 2020 iPhone 12, do not miss up any those important information before moving on to Part 2 of this article.
iPhone 12 design – What will it look like?
The primary focus of early iPhone 12 design speculation has been the transition to a more industrial design that invokes the iPad Pro 2020 and older iPhones like iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. However, many people will be eager to know the status of the controversial notch.
It’s the day of the iPhone 12 launch and the last 12 months has been littered with leaks and rumours around the big event so it’s fitting we get one last nugget as we approach the finish line. The new info relates to the design and the controversial notch, offering some late hope for never-notchers.
9To5Mac claims it has corroborated a leak from AppleSWUpdates which showcases a slightly smaller notch. The new notch design appears to have a different curvature along with a smaller size overall. The difference isn’t huge and far from eliminates the notch but it’s something.
If you’ve also been hoping for a refreshed colour palette, then there’s yet more good news on the way. As well as the hints we can take from the new colours that debuted recently on the iPad Air 4, Tipster Max Weinbach, who recently polished his reputation with a flurry of highly accurate Samsung Galaxy S20 leaks, has stated that the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro is set to be available in navy blue (shown above in a rendered image). The current model, the iPhone 11 Pro, is available in the following four tones: Space Grey, Silver, Midnight Green, and Gold, so we’re not sure if this new colour will be an extra or a replacement.
These colours don’t perfectly match up to what we saw from iPad Air 4, but Weinbach is specifically referring to the Pro models, which did offer different colours to the iPhone 11 last time out. iPhone 12 colours matching up with the new colours on the latest iPad Air, that being new pastel blue and green alongside Apple’s usual fare, seems a pretty safe bet.
iPhone 12 screen – Will it have 120Hz?
A big point of contention for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is the display. Many smartphones, from budget to flagship, have moved to up to 90Hz/120Hz high refresh rate displays. Apple is yet to release a phone with this tech, however, it does feature on iPad Pro – courtesy of “ProMotion”.
Early in the iPhone 12 rumour lifecycle, it seemed we could be treated to the technology in 2020 but it was squashed by several sources. However, prolific leaker Jon Prosser has asserted a 120Hz display could be back on the table – even if it’s only for one iPhone 2020 model.
Let’s take a look at what Prosser has said:
Here we see, via the image on the right, toggles for high refresh rate and adaptive refresh rate. The latter is only present when the former is toggled on.
YouTuber Filip Koroy and tipster Max Weinbach have also come together to reveal information about the suspected ProMotion display. According to Koroy (via Forbes), the Pro Max could be the only model to include a 120Hz display as a result of Apple’s decision to downgrade the batteries in it’s 2020 line of iPhones.
However, these rumours have also been debated by prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), who believes that even the Pro Max model will max out at the iPhone 11’s 60Hz, again due to the smaller battery.
While a higher refresh rate would boost the iPhone’s gaming and video streaming capabilities with smoother graphics – a perk Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus would surely take advantage of – it can be taxing on battery life.
In other battery news, the iPhone 12 range is set to support 20w charging. The upgrade from iPhone 11 is quite measly, at just 2w, and it doesn’t reach the heights of many Android phones – however, it remains a welcome enhancement.
Will the iPhone 12 have 5G?
Nikkei has reported that Apple is preparing to ship a total of 80 million units of 5G-enabled modems for this year’s iPhone. This news almost certainly means that each phone in the new flagship range will support 5G, in a complete U-turn from the surprising omission in last year’s range.
While we are fully expecting 5G to come to all models of iPhone 12 in some form, it looks like there’s going to be a few caveats.
According to Fast Company, iPhone 12 Pro Max looks set to be the only model to include mmWave 5G. mmWave 5G offers even faster speeds than “regular” sub-6Hz 5G but does struggle at longer ranges. Along with being restricted to the 12 Pro Max, it seems it will also only be available in US, Korea and Japan. The news may frustrate Pro fans looking to futureproof their iPhone but don’t fancy the beefy Max model.
Will iPhone 12 have a charger?
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) reports you likely won’t get a power adaptor in the box with any iPhone 12 model. That means you’ll either have to use a charger you already have or pay up and purchase the new 20w brick. This seems even more likely now Apple has confirmed the Apple Watch 6 will not come with a USB adapter in the box.
Kuo states that one reason behind this move could be to offset the higher production cost of the 5G phones. It also seems like Apple will stop production entirely of 5w and 18w chargers and remove it from iPhone SE 2 boxes later this year.
We’ve seen rumours suggest the iPhone 12 will support 20w charging, that’s a 2w boost over the iPhone 11 series. However, it’s important to note that while the iPhone 11 does support 18w charging, only the Pro and Pro Max models come with that faster charger in the box. If you’ve got an iPhone 11 you’ll need to buy it separately, or stick with the slow 5w charger that is included.
An extra 2w might not seem like much, but with the iPhone still so far behind Android rivals when it comes to charging speeds any improvement is welcome.
Will the iPhone 12 come with EarPods in the box?
Another, slightly minor, piece of information we have heard surrounding the next iPhone is that it might be the first flagship from Apple to ditch the included EarPods headphones. Now, don’t expect this to mean you’ll find a pair of AirPods nestled in the iPhone 12’s packaging, instead, it seems like you’ll have to provide your own buds. A couple of iterations ago Apple ditched the included headphone dongle so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise the ‘Pods themselves might be next.
We’ve also seen another rumour suggesting that the iPhone 12 will, once again, use Lightning as its main connection port – rather than the now far more common USB-C port you’ll find on the iPad Pro, all of Apple’s laptops and just about every Android phone.
iPhone 12 software – iOS 14 arriving in June
Apple announced iOS 14 during the keynote presentation for WWDC and it is shaping up to be a big update.
You can download the beta now and it’s coming to all the phones that supported iOS 13 and we expect it to come installed on the iPhone 12.
Check the list below for some of the big new features: