It’s been a year but the phone industry stops for no pandemic and Apple’s newest device, the iPhone 12 series, is expected to be announced in the coming months. As always, there’s no shortage of educated guesses, analyses, rumours and leaks flying about potential features and how it will look. So, with that in mind, let’s dig in.
iPhone 12’s specs
First up, according to MacRumors, the iPhone 12 lineup will add a fourth addition to the lineup. If you cast your memory all the way back to October 2019 — decades ago in the consumer tech world — the iPhone 11 series had just the three. That included the standard edition as well as the oddly-titled newcomers, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
— EverythingApplePro (@EveryApplePro) August 25, 2020
How the lineup will differ is still mostly under wraps but it’s suspected screen size will play a big part. MacRumors believes there’ll be a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a huge 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max and two models at 6.1 inches — iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro. The iPhone 12 and Max are likely to be marketed as the more ‘budget’ options while the iPhone 12 Pro and its larger 6.7-inch counterpart, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be its premium offerings.
People who love tiny phones are in for a treat with the new 5.4-in iPhone. Smaller than a new SE! pic.twitter.com/cTSH2LBzKA
— EverythingApplePro (@EveryApplePro) June 18, 2020
In terms of connectivity, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes all the models will be 5G-capable devices. There is some speculation, supported by recent leaks, that the two top-tier models will have the enhanced mmWave 5G while the cheaper devices will come with sub-6GHz 5G.
Ming-Chi Kuo has also said none of the models come packaged with a charger. That’ll be sold separately, allegedly.
Prominent leaker Jon Prosser said in May that ‘budget’ iPhone 12 models will be cased in an aluminium, while the two premium models will be stainless steel. All models are expected to arrive with the latest Apple processor — the A14 Bionic chip.
Storage is always a big concern and as expected the more affordable models will reportedly come with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options. For the big boys, you’ll probably get an increased option of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB.
While the leaks provide a good idea of what might come, it’s really all about waiting for Apple to confirm the suspicions.
Cameras are a major deciding factor for new phones, especially with diminishing points of difference between releases.
Prosser also said the ‘budget’ iPhone 12 and 12 Max will come with dual camera setups, while the two expensive models will come with triple rear cameras. Just how big these lenses are and what fancy features they come with is still unknown but expect big things given it’s Apple.
2020 has put a big hole in many release plans and Apple’s were not spared either. Apple typically hosts its big yearly iPhone reveal event in September with new iPhones going on sale in the following week or two. Apple has announced that September special event is going ahead but little hints suggest it won’t have much to do with the iPhone 12 at all.
Countless major world events this year, including that whole COVID-19 global pandemic as well as roadblocks created by U.S. President Trump and China’s highly-political trade war, are likely to push the phone’s release back later. Instead, an October iPhone event might be more likely with actual phone units arriving in the post a little later again. Apple has already admitted they’ll be a “few weeks” late and the latest leaks suggest October is really the most likely case right now.
Forbes reports a November release is a likely reality given the implications a supply shortage and potential WeChat ban might hold for the company.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 9, 2020
To convolute the rumours even further, prominent leaker Evan Blass shared an unnamed telco’s promo indicating a late October pre-order cut off date for our U.S. counterparts.
At this stage, it’s anyone’s guess. With the way the year has gone, it’s a good reminder to expect that anything could happen.
iPhone 12 Australian price
While features and design are enough to make us um and ah, price is the ultimate deciding factor for most of us. Apple’s iPhones are known for being particularly pricey but it hasn’t stopped them from maintaining its large market share.
There have been a few reports of alleged prices for the upcoming iPhone 12 series, including from Prosser himself.
He speculated, from undeclared ‘sources’, that the iPhone 12 would be $US649 ($896), the iPhone 12 Max at $US749 ($1035), the iPhone 12 Pro for $US999 ($1380) and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $US1,099 ($1,518).
Later speculation suggested the maximum price would see a further $US50 added to Prosser’s estimates.
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For reference, the iPhone 11 started from $1,199 when it was released in Australia in September 2019. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max each started from $1,749 and $1,899 respectively.
Prosser’s estimates look to be quite low given the 12 series is expected to come with new chips and potentially, 5G capability. It’s also hard to say whether Apple’s Australian prices will be more in line with the 11 series’ prices given how the world’s economy is looking right now and issues with supply lines. One thing you can reasonably expect price-wise is that its budget options won’t really be ‘budget’ if previous years are anything to go by.
Either way, we’ll know soon enough. We hope.