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The scheduled release date might be months away, but if rumors are true the iPhone 12 could herald a serious upgrade to Apple’s flagship phone.
A raft of new features including a 5G model, new cameras and a supercharged screen are widely anticipated to be incorporated into the upcoming iPhone 12 release.
So, let’s take a quick tour through some of the upgrades and additions that many expect will shepherd in a new era of iPhone.
Much of the forecast for the upcoming iPhone 12 is based on persistent rumors that surrounded last year’s iPhone 11.
TechRadar notes last year’s model came with a flurry of leaks in advance, many of which did not eventuate…yet.
These included rumors Apple would finally jump aboard the 5G train, that the screen would be upgraded and the need for iPhone speed would be catered to.
The 2020 iPhone is tipped to come with a 5G antenna and 5nm A14 Bionic processor. For the laymen amongst us, that means improved battery power along with access to the fast new mobile network.
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts all of the iPhone 12 models will cater to 5G, but others aren’t so sure. Most believe at least one will.
In the interim, there’s also expected to be a bump in RAM on the Pro version and if correct, it will be significant. The new iPhone 12 Pro could come with 64GB RAM, compared to the 4GB available in the previous models. Standard iPhone 12s are expected to retain 4GB.
And in further upgrades, speed could also get a boost.
“The iPhone 12 might also support the new 802.11ay specification, which could allow it to share content at speeds of at least 20-30Gbps. So in every sense this phone is likely to be fast,” TechRadar says.
Some of the biggest rumors around the iPhone 12 are based on its screen. Many expect the screen to have a higher refresh rate, while the screen sizes could also alter.
According to TechRadar, Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the iPhone 12 Pro Max could have a 6.7-inch screen (up from 6.5 inches on the iPhone 11 Pro Max), and the iPhone 12 Pro could have a 5.45-inch screen (down from 5.8 inches on the iPhone 11 Pro).
The standard iPhone 12 is predicted to stay at 6.1 inches, but will get upgraded from LCD to OLED.
“That’s a claim we’ve heard more than once, and would mean all three 2020 iPhones would have an OLED screen,” TechRadar says.
In addition, some iPhones could have thinner and more energy efficient screens, allowing them to last longer between charges and they could be accommodated in a body design that moves away from rounded edges and back to an iPhone 4 type of look.
In terms of the cameras, the word on the street is that the iPhone 12, or at least the top-tier model, could get a laser-powered 3D camera. Other rumors mention a depth-sensing camera with 3D sensor.
Meanwhile, many predict Apple will be looking to get rid of the ‘notch’ that juts into the screen to accommodate the front-facing camera. Instead, the front-facing camera could possibly be embedded under the screen, although this would potentially make the iPhone 12 more expensive.
Then there’s talk FaceID might be dropped in favour of a fingerprint sensor under the screen.
There’s no surprises here, the iPhone 12 will be unveiled in September 2020 probably in the week of September 12-18. It’s then usually available for sale around 10 days after that.
As for the price point, it’s widely expected to remain in line with the current prices.