Apple iPhone 12
Four models, new design, new cameras, different display, fresh color, for the first time 5G: The iPhone 12 will bring this and more. If this is confirmed, the Apple world is facing the greatest upheaval since the iPhone X. We will sort out the rumors.
The countdown to the unveiling of the new iPhone generation is on. In a press release, Apple has revealed the date for its next event: On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. Cupertino local time, the Apple keynote for the iPhone 12 will be held. In addition to the new iPhone generation, the AppleWatch 6 and possibly will also be available new iPad Air 2020 expected. But even before the official announcement, a number of details and rumors about the iPhone 12 had become public. CGH summarizes the current status.
iPhone 12: models and sizes
Last year there were three new iPhones with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This year, four iPhone models are expected in one fell swoop. This and the model name “iPhone 12” already confirmed an (accidental?) Listing in the accessories shop of T-Mobile Netherlands in June. Speculation that the new iPhone 12 fleet will start with four models has not just been around since the T-Mobile faux pas. Leaker Jon Prosser and the industry service DigiTimes also assume four iPhone 12 models:
- iPhone 12 (5.4 inch)
- iPhone 12 Max (6.1 inch)
- iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inch)
- iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inch)
The comparison with the 2019 models is interesting. They came in-display diagonals of 5.8 inches (iPhone 11 Pro), 6.1 inches (iPhone 11), and 6.5 inches (iPhone 11 Pro Max). The new generation appears for the first time in a much smaller 5.4-inch version. Good news for fans of handy sizes for whom the iPhone SE 2 doesn’t look modern enough. The standard size (6.1 inches) known from the iPhone 11 is then given the addition “Max”, according to Prosser. This name for the normal format seems a bit strange at first – but the forecast of four iPhone 12 models seems credible. Since the simpler iPhone 12 with 6.1-inch display is technically the direct successor to the standard iPhone 11 model, it would be – speculatively – also conceivable that Apple, deviating from Prosser’s list, would get a new one for the 5.4-inch model Thinks up a name (“iPhone 12 Mini”?) And the device referred to above as iPhone 12 Max simply comes onto the market as “iPhone 12”. There is now indirect confirmation of the three sizes through leaked accessories: Well-known manufacturers such as Otterbox are already starting to produce mobile phone cases for the upcoming iPhones. And they have now appeared on the web, confirming the three above-mentioned housing dimensions including the rear camera plateaus.
Here are the first iPhone 12 dummies: 3 sizes (5.4, 6.1, 6.7). Flat edges, 3 cameras on the bump like recent molds. Notch, cameras should not be taken 100%, but chassis promising. pic.twitter.com/fcw3bLhVEF— Sonny Dickson (@SonnyDickson) June 21, 2020
New design, new color
While the design of iPhones and iPads was still uniform at the time of the iPhone 6s, the new models do not follow a consistent line. The iPad Pro is a bit angular, almost like the iPhone 5s back then. The frame of the normal iPad, however, remains half-rounded. Newer iPhones have a glass back instead of one made of aluminum and their edge is again completely rounded. Will the design be more uniform again?
Steel edge design for Pro models: According to a Bloomberg report, at least the Pro models no longer have a rounded housing, but flat stainless steel edges, similar to the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5 series. The corners are more rounded and are more based on the design of the iPad Pro from 2018. Good news for fans of the iPhone 5s design, which until recently lived on in the first iPhone SE from 2016.
First dummies: Some dummies by Leaker Sonny Dickson show what the new iPhones could look like. However, these are probably not leaked original CAD files from production, but apparently dummies based on rumors.
Blue as the new flagship color: on the iPhone 11 Pro, the dark midnight green was the surprise color. With the iPhone 12 Pro, a dark blue with a slight tendency towards purple could celebrate its premiere as a new color – at least that’s what US leaker Max Weinbach suspects. A rendering that EverythingApplePro published on Twitter shows what the iPhone could look like in “Navy Blue”. Perhaps the dark blue, like the night green, only comes with the Pro model, with the normal iPhone 12 a lighter blue would be conceivable, for example like the colorful iPhone 5c from 2014.
Display: OLED for everyone, 120 Hertz for the Pro model
The four models differ not only in their display sizes but also in the technology they use. This is what the latest rumors and leaks say:
OLED for cheap iPhone 12 models: Finally, the cheap iPhone models are to be given an OLED screen instead of LCD technology. The technology comes from the manufacturer BOE, the panels Apple should call Super Retina Displays according to Leaker Jon Prosser and bring a significantly better contrast compared to the iPhone 11.
Super Retina XDR display: The more expensive models, i.e. the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, continue to receive displays from Samsung. Most important differences: You should be able to master HDR and be 10-bit capable.
The refresh rate of 120 Hertz: While Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series only offers the 120 Hz display as an option due to the higher power requirement, the iPhone 12 Pro should automatically recognize when 120 Hz makes sense and when it isn’t. Apple calls the 120 Hz mode of the display “ProMotion”. In a surprisingly detailed hands-on video, Jon Prosser showed the setting for the increased refresh rate on an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Smaller notch: With the iPhone X, Apple introduced the “notch”: a black area at the top of the screen that houses sensors, for example for the front camera and Face ID. According to the China Times, analysts at the investment bank Credit Suisse had already announced that instead of facial recognition via Face ID, the manufacturer would use a fingerprint sensor again in the future, then under the display. But the rumors from Jon Prosser indicate that Face ID will stay and the notch will shrink.
Improved Face ID: In addition, the technology for face recognition Face ID should better recognize faces from oblique angles. Allegedly, thanks to the new sensors, the iPhone also knows when you are reading lying in bed, for example, and automatically prevents the often annoying turning off the display.
Processor, memory, and performance
Like every year, a new, powerful processor will probably be installed with the new iPhones. The Apple A12X Bionic processor in the current iPad Pro scored 1,110 in the single-core and 4,568 points in the multi-core benchmark. The current iPhone 11 Pro Max has a single score of 1,324 and a multicore of 3,202 points. The RAM measures 4 gigabytes (GB) in current iPhones and is, therefore, a bit small compared to other top smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, and the Asus ROG Phone 2 each offer a whopping 12 GB; their storage volume is therefore twice as large. Nevertheless, every year Apple succeeds in bringing some of the fastest smartphones onto the market. How so? The performance of the main processor and efficient memory management plays a major role in the power of a smartphone. And in this area, Apple has been at the forefront of the competition for years. So what will the new hardware bring? This is what the rumors say:
New, fast-paced A14 processor: As AppleInsider reports, a first benchmark for the iPhone 12 has emerged. The results are impressive: The iPhone 12 even beats the performance of a current iPad Pro. According to the source, the leaked Geekbench benchmark is based on an Apple A14 processor that has a clock rate of over 3 gigahertz (GHz). His single-core performance achieved a score of 1,658 and in the multicore 4,612 points. But always enjoy benchmark leaks with caution!
Higher efficiency: If the rumors turn out to be true that the Apple A14 chip, like the Qualcomm X60-5G chip, is manufactured using the new 5-nanometer process, power consumption should be kept within reasonable limits and the processor should run even more efficiently.
More RAM: The 4 GB RAM grows to 6 GB RAM at least in the two top versions in the 12 generations. At least that’s what a MacRumors report says, according to which the analysts Arcuri and Shah hold this view in a paper by the Swiss investment bank UBS. The reason should lie in the more complex 3D camera technology of the Pro models. That’s more than any Apple smartphone released to date!
Cameras, telephoto lenses and LiDAR scanners
In the current models, the cheaper iPhone 11 offers two rear cameras, the Pro models three. Apparently, the lens equipment of the cheaper iPhone models and the camera resolution of 12 megapixels will remain unchanged in 2020. This is what the rumors say:
Dual cameras on affordable models: The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max should each come with two lenses. Presumably, this is the normal main camera and an ultra-wide-angle camera, like the iPhone 11.
LiDAR scanner: DigiTimes as well as the analysts Arcuri and Shah want to have learned from supplier circles that the iPhone 2020 is the fourth lens to have a 3D camera. Rumor has it that this is based on a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner like the iPad Pro, which may enable more powerful augmented reality (AR) applications and improve autofocus through more precise 3D capture. In a hands-on video, Jon Prosser recently leaked the function in the settings of an iPhone 12 Pro Max. It can therefore be assumed that the additional sensor will only be reserved for the expensive models.
Larger image sensor: In addition, Apple is supposed to optimize the night mode and the image quality of slow-motion recordings in low light conditions – with a new, enlarged sensor.
3x zoom: The iPhone 12 Pro versions allegedly use a telephoto lens with three times optical magnification instead of a lens with twice as up to the iPhone 11 Pro.
iPhone 12 with 5G standard?
Recently, the rumors seemed to contradict each other: is 5G now finding its way into the new iPhones or not? The obvious solution: Presumably only the cheapest iPhone 12 variants without 5G will come. This also fits in with the statements made by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that some iPhone 12 editions dominated the 5G cellular standard, presumably up to three model variants. Kuo also contradicts Mehdi Hosseini, who in January 2020 announced that the first 5G iPhones would not appear before 2021. In addition, the analyst wants to know that some iPhone versions support both the mmWave 5G standard (“millimeter wave”) and the sub-6 GHz variant at 3.5 GHz. According to the technology magazine Fast Company, mmWave support should only be installed on the largest iPhone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The difference: With mmWave, transmission rates are significantly faster, but the range is extremely short – walls or even window panes can sometimes stop the signal. In other words: The 5G process is perfect for busy squares, shopping centers, or football stadiums in large cities. The technology requires significantly more energy for this. That could also be the reason why (if the rumors are true) the mmWave technology is only built into the largest iPhone. This simply offers more space for a larger energy store. In Germany, 5G frequencies with mmWave have not yet been assigned.
Battery: the energy storage should shrink
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has often hit the mark with his Apple predictions. As AppleInsider reports, Apple supposedly wants to save on the battery of the iPhone 12. The built-in technology should therefore be cheaper and not as expensive as its predecessor. In this way, Apple would like to save costs that are likely to arise elsewhere (for example when installing the new 5G standard, see above). Laboratory tests would first have to show whether this would reduce the battery life compared to the pre-series models. The fact that Apple knew how to coordinate the operating system and hardware so well in the past that the iPhones achieve very good runtimes even with the puny batteries compared to Android smartphones can be reassuring.
Accessories: No power supply, but magnets
With or without a cable: Androids in the higher price range outdo each other with their fast charging technologies. Unfortunately, Apple is lagging behind: For one thing, most iPhone models load slowly. Only a 5 watt power supply unit with a classic USB-A socket is included in the delivery. Fast charging is possible from the iPhone X, but the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max only come with an 18-watt power adapter. For comparison: The OnePlus 8 Pro generates 30 watts even wirelessly. Is Apple making improvements?
Without a power supply unit, without a headset: The iPhone 12 is sold as standard without a power supply unit and headset. This means that Apple could either offer the iPhone more cheaply or, as the analysts at Trendforce suspect, absorb the higher costs for the 5G modem. This is understandable with the headset: Many iPhone users already use Bluetooth headphones, so they could opt for models like the AirPods Pro when buying them.
New fast charging: Allegedly, Apple has developed a new 20-watt power supply for the next iPhones that enables fast charging via a USB-C Lightning cable. Apple sells the previous 18-watt power supply for 35 euros, the new power supply is likely to be similarly expensive. If you want, you can charge with third-party accessories such as the Anker PowerPort III Mini.
Improved cables: There could still be an improvement in the scope of delivery: Insiders report that Apple has included a more robust Lightning USB-C cable that is stabilized by a fabric cover.
Magnets on the back: The leak of built-in magnets could also indicate interesting charging accessories. It is conceivable that the magnets are used for new accessories. In previous Apple products, magnets simplified the connection with the charging technology. For example, with the MacBook (before USB Type C), the socket snapped the charging plug and the AirPods quickly snapped into the case for charging. Thus, the iPhone magnets could be an indication of the long-awaited AirPower charging mat and ensure fast and precise placement for wireless charging.
iPhone 12 – the question of price
At the end of April 2020, Jon Prosser already named presumed US prices for the iPhone 2020 series (which, unlike in Germany, lack sales tax):
- iPhone 12 (5.4-inch): $ 649 (128GB), $ 749 (256GB)
- iPhone 12 Max (6.1-inch): $ 749 (128GB), $ 849 (256GB)
- iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch): $ 999 (128GB), $ 1,099 (256GB), $ 1,299 (512GB)
- iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch): $ 1,099 (128GB), $ 1,199 (256GB), $ 1,399 (512GB)
The Omegaleaks account mentions even cheaper iPhone prices, but only for the slimmed-down versions of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max without 5G. Other reports even predict an iPhone price increase. The solution could be: The new, small version of the iPhone 12 would be cheaper than the current iPhone 11, but the models with 5G would be more expensive. In the Pro versions, 5G is probably standard.
Delivery delayed and in two stages
New iPhones are usually shipped in the middle to the end of September each year. But even Apple is not leaving the Corona crisis indifferent in this hot phase of production: According to media reports, the manufacturer did not allow engineers to travel to China for security reasons in April 2020. Hock Tan, CEO of Broadcomm, which supplies wireless chips for the iPhone, has hinted at the delay in the iPhone 12. Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that the delivery will be delayed by “a few weeks”. A DigiTimes report speaks of two stages: First, the two 6.1-inch models (iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro) appear in October, followed by the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max four weeks later. The reason: the delivery of the The motherboards required for the last two devices mentioned will be postponed until August 2020. The two 6.1-inch iPhones may not have this problem because they have the same motherboard.
Assessment: What’s in the iPhone 2020?
The most important innovations of the iPhone generation 2020 are likely to be the fresh design, the 5G technology – and the smaller entry-level format with possibly a lower price than the iPhone 11. This would mean that the iPhone 12 series would be both 7 inches) and price (a good $ 649 to just under $ 1,399) cover an enormous range of needs and budgets. A sales success is therefore foreseeable. Since we will probably have to live with Corona for a longer period of time, it remains to be hoped that Apple will improve the Face ID technology for use with a mask or provide it with additional iris recognition. The dispute over the power adapter that is no longer included is ultimately just a question of price: Those who already have a suitable power adapter will continue to use it. If you need the new, faster power supply, you have to spend a little more money. It remains to be hoped, however, that Apple will also deliver a USB-A to USB-C adapter. Because most of the old power supplies still come with the big old socket (USB-A).