Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro release date, rumours, news and features
The annual refresh of the iPhone is one of the biggest events in tech: it’s the phone that many aspire to own, one that sets trends and the phone that all others are looking to better.While leaks and rumours are nothing new to the tech world, getting information about new Apple devices is fairly rare. They don’t tend to leak as comprehensively as a Samsung or Google phone – but we’re gathering up everything we hear about the new iPhone right here. We’ve also got a separate round-up for the iPhone 5G talking about when a fully 5G iPhone may or may not appear. We believe that the iPhone 12 will have 5G, but there is a chance it may be restricted to, say, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max rather than being available on all devices.
Apple iPhone 12 release date
- September 2020
Typically Apple holds its iPhone event in the second week of September and normally on a Tuesday. The company followed the same pattern for the 2019 iPhones – announcing them on 10 September 2019.
If the company follows suit again in 2020, we’d expect 8 September 2020 to be a good bet for the launch event of the iPhone 2020.
One unknown is around the spread of coronavirus and the effect it could have on new tech launches later in the year – including the iPhone 12.
Because of travel restrictions and reduced production capacity, it’s very unclear how the current global situation will affect things. There have been a few rumours suggesting a month delay meaning a late October launch, but the truth is it’s a complete unknown at present.
What will the iPhone 2020 be called?
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 design
- All new design
- Squarer edges?
Apple iPhone 12 displays
- All OLED
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Different sizes
Rumours suggest that all 2020 iPhones will have an OLED display. Currently, the iPhone 11 has an LCD display, while the Pro models have OLED. There’s also reports of a variable refresh rate with a 120Hz refresh rate reported that can drop down to 60hz when necessary.
Apparently we might get a 5.4-inch model, a 6.1-inch model and a 6.7-inch in place of the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch models we have at the moment. There may be two versions of the 6.1-inch handset, one a standard iPhone 12 and the other an iPhone 12 Pro.
Some speculation also suggests in-display fingerprint sensors although we think that’s probably innacurate.
Apple iPhone 12 cameras
- 3D Depth cameras
- Night Mode improvements likely
There have also been predictions of a quad camera on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, with a ToF sensor or Lidar sensor as in the 2020 iPad Pro. However, the general consensus is for there to be a triple camera again but yes, with a new sensor. As well as portrait mode, the new sensor will also help with ARKit apps.
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We also expect to see more improvements to Night Mode and it’s predicted that Apple might be adding a 3D-sensing laser array to make Portrait mode even better.
For the front camera, it’s been reported that Face ID will have a wider field-of-view.
Apple iPhone 12 hardware and software
- A14 chip
- iOS 14
Most reports suggest Apple will adopt 5G connectivity for the iPhone 12. Reports are suggesting that all models will have a 5G option and Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon has said that getting 5G into the iPhone is now a priority. Qualcomm has recently announced the X60 modem and a new antenna – more on that below.
The most likely scenario at present – we think – is that the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will be 5G. Whether the standard iPhone 12 will be is more of a debate and will unlikely still be an unknown as we approach September.
We expect to see the A14 chip under the hood of the iPhone 12 models, with all offering the same hardware and we expect to see them all launch on iOS 14, which we will likely hear more about at Apple’s developer event in June.
We also expect all three models to feature the U1 chip – which brings enhanced short-range location and sharing.