The iPhone 12 leaks are coming thick and fast – here’s what you would like to know
The iPhone 12 is landing later in 2020 and hopes are high that it’ll be a serious shake-up for the range, as it is the first numbered iPhone of a replacement decade, and it’s following the iPhone 11 series, which was a reasonably conservative update from the iPhone XS series.
In fact, we’ve not seen an enormous change since the iPhone X, so one is overdue, and current rumours suggest that’s exactly what we’ll get – offering buyers an upscale alternative to the relatively affordable new iPhone SE that’s already launched this year.
While we’re still months faraway from the launch of the iPhone 12 (and the rumoured iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max) we have already got an honest idea of what to expect, with everything from prices to style to core specs, camera details, and more having been leaked.
So there is a lot to understand, which is where this text comes in. We’ve collected all the likely leaks and rumours in one place (here) divided by section – so if you care specifically about the camera, for instance, you’ll jump straight thereto heading.
We’re also keeping this text constantly updated with all the newest iPhone 12 leaks and rumours, so confirm to see back regularly if you would like to remain up so far on Apple’s next flagship.
Latest iPhone 12 news: an enormous leak has provided further evidence of the iPhone 12 range, and even suggests that the larger cheaper model are going to be called the iPhone 12 Max. you’ll read all about the leaks below, also as our separate news article here.
iPhone 12: move the chase
What is it? The new iPhone family from Apple
When is it out? Probably September 2020
What will it cost? We’re expecting over $700 / £700
iPhone 12 release date: will it be delayed?
There is no official iPhone 12 release date information available until now. We’re almost sure the phone (or phones) will be launched in 2020 though as Apple launches its new phones almost metronomically.
So much in order that we will get even more specific and say that the new iPhone release date will probably be in September 2020 – and it’s always round the second week of the month. It’s nearly always unveiled on a Tuesday too, so we’d put our money thereon being revealed on September 8, 2020.
There’s always the prospect it’s going to be pushed back to September 15 though because it isn’t the second week of the month.
We’d predict that you’re going to be ready to pick it up 10 days then, so you would possibly need a Friday off work if you’re wanting to get your hands on one. That said, we will not be as confident of those dates as was common, because there is a chance that the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the assembly of subsequent iPhone may push things back.
We had heard that development would be unaffected, and there are even now reports that most manufacturing factories are fully staffed up. Plus, an exec at Foxconn (the main manufacturer of the iPhone) has said that the corporate aims and hopes to form up for lost ground.
But elsewhere there are reports that the phone is going to be delayed until October or November, with Apple apparently not even having finalized the planning in late March 2020. Some sources even say it could slip into 2021 with Reuters also claiming a delay might be likely.
So what’s getting to happen? nobody knows surely yet, but there is a strong possibility that the iPhone 12 release date could also be staggered by model. this is often something said by respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says it might likely be the larger models of the phone that might come later than September.
As of April 2020, the foremost recent news on this subject comes from a report within the Wall Street Journal, which states that production of the iPhone 12 has been delayed by around a month.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that the discharge date of the range also will be delayed because the company may find how to form up for lost time, but we’d think there is a significant chance that it’ll be.
In which case, we might be watching October for the iPhone 12 release date. Despite some sources saying it could slip into next year though we’d say that’s impossible .
iPhone 12 price
When it involves the iPhone 12 price, it’s likely to remain broadly in line with the present models. For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699 / £729 / AU$1,199, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,749, and therefore the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899.
That’s protected by the rumours too, and one big leak from YouTuber and prolific leaker Jon Prosser has shared information on what proportion he believes the phones will cost within the US.
There’s no accurate information about prices for the united kingdom or Australia, but it seems to largely match the iPhone 11 series with the most cost effective model being slightly less this year for the iPhone 12.
Having said all that, one previous report suggested that the value of materials for the iPhone 12 range might go up, which could mean even higher prices at retail. we cannot know surely until Apple announces this on stage.
iPhone 12 name
First things first: we’re pretty confident the 2020 Apple phones are going to be called the iPhone 12 series. It’s likely to not be the 11S or similar, and that is mostly because of an analyst (with an excellent track record) saying intrinsically .
That’s why we’re calling it the iPhone 12 throughout this text , albeit Apple hasn’t confirmed this name. Others could be calling it the iPhone 2020 or the ‘new iPhone’ – but we’re not thinking which will be the moniker Apple plumps for.
That said, Apple may surprise us with an entire new name entirely in order that could also be subject to vary within the future.
Before we start on the remainder of the leaks and rumours, it is vital to notice that we expect there to be four versions of the iPhone 12. Unlike the last two years where we have seen three models, many consistent and up to date leaks suggest there’ll be four models.
iPhone 12 design
So far, leaks suggest the iPhone 12 is about to urge a really different design but it’s likely getting to take elements we have seen on previous iPhone models and use them here. Remember the iPhone 4? you’ll recognize a number of the weather .
First off, you will have four sizes to settle on from. consistent with the foremost recent information on models, there’ll be below:
iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display
iPhone 12 Max with a 6.1-inch display
iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display
iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display
That offers a bigger screen size for those that don’t need to spend lots on an iPhone 12 Pro model, and essentially means you will have the selection of two devices are each of the worth points.
Jon Prosser – a Twitter leaker who proved to possess consistently correct information on the iPhone SE and MacBook Pro 13 – this information is correct and you’ll see a number of the specs below.
Consistent leaks have suggested the iPhone 12 will have a metal frame, and therefore the most trusted source before Prosser was Apple analyst Ming-Ch Kuo. The rear of all four phones remains expected to be made from glass, but the sides are expected to be more squared than the rounded ones on current models.
Prosser’s information suggests it’ll be aluminium used on the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will accompany a chrome steel body.
Some sources chatting with Bloomberg claim similar, and that they make comparisons to the planning of the iPad Pro, saying that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have flat chrome steel edges, more sharply rounded corners, and flat screens.
That look has been further protected by CAD renders that you simply can see during a video made by EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach.
The reports you read above also points to smaller notches on all four models which are rumoured, which are some things we’ve heard consistently since new Face ID technology was first rumoured in October 2019.
You should still expect a notch at the highest of the phone’s display, but it’s like it’ll be tons smaller than before but won’t be drastically different to previous models.
One of the upcoming phones might even lack a notch consistent with analysts, with the front-facing camera potentially set to be embedded under the screen instead. If this happens we can expect it to be the most expensive iPhone 12 model that has this feature – likely the iPhone 12 Pro Max, or whatever it launches as.
One report has also suggested Face ID are going to be dropped entirely in favour of an under-screen fingerprint scanner, though this seems unlikely.
This would be an enormous change for the brand since current models don’t have a fingerprint scanner in the least. That said, if the camera really is in-screen then it’d not be possible to possess all the Face ID sensors, so it might be that this fingerprint scanner will be replaced with Face ID, though we’re not sure Apple would go that far.
iPhone 12 colours
As for the iPhone 12 colours, we’ve heard a rumour that Apple are going to be debuting a dark blue on its top-end models. Reports say the Midnight Green colour that debuted on the iPhone 11 Pro sold beyond Apple’s expectations, so it’s going to plan to keep that or it’s going to get replaced within the lineup by this navy shade.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold alongside the Midnight Green. Those shades may remain for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but we’ve yet to listen to any firm evidence those colours will return.
As for the quality iPhone 12, we’re expecting an identical soft colour range to the iPhone 11. That phone is out there in Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red and White, so you ought to probably expect a number of those colours to return for 2020’s device.
iPhone 12 display
We’ve touched upon display a touch bit above and therefore the four different models you’ll expect in 2020, but here we’re getting to dive into the rumours about the tech for the screens getting used.
Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that each one the iPhone 12 models may accompany OLED screen tech for the primary time. That’s a claim we’ve heard quite once, and Prosser’s source has also confirmed an equivalent thing.
That being said, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max displays are expected to be manufactured by BOE while Samsung will make the OLED tech on the top-end two models.
The iPhone 11 has an LCD display, while the iPhone 11 Pro has OLED technology. which will leave a far stronger screen on the quality iPhone 12 models, although we do not yet have any clear details on the resolution you’ll expect from any of the four phone’s displays.
Another source has said that the 2 Pro models will use a sort of OLED that’s both thinner and cheaper to supply than the screens utilized in the iPhone 11 Pro range. that would mean lower prices, but we wouldn’t calculate it.
The other big rumoured change for the 2020 iPhone display is that the move to a 120Hz refresh rate. the present iPhones – and tons of other smartphones – sport a refresh rate of 60Hz, so upping that to 120Hz makes the screen reload quicker and provides you with a smoother and faster experience when scrolling through social media feeds or gaming.
Max Weinbach shared some leaked information on the iPhone 12 Pro that suggested this was the model that might get the improved screen tech. Prosser since suggests that tech would also come to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
This is a claim we’ve now heard quite once, and a few phones have already got higher refresh rates than 60Hz, as do some iPads, so this isn’t unbelievable. That’s very true as top-end phones just like the Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro now feature the tech too.
All of this said the source that gives information to Prosser has said that Apple may “nerf” the technology. which will mean there are limitations to when the 120Hz refresh rate works, which may come right down to the battery lifetime of the handsets.
We’ve also heard that a minimum of few iPhone 12 models may have thinner, cheaper and more energy-efficient screens than the iPhone 11 range. This, in turn, may allow the phones themselves to be thinner, also as lasting longer between charges.
iPhone 12 5G
Another big change could take the shape of 5G, which has been widely rumoured for the iPhone 12 as many of its competitors now sport the technology. Back in July 2019, Kuo predicted that each one model will support 5G.
At the time, we only expected this feature to return to at least one model within the iPhone 12 range but it now seems like it’ll get on all four devices. Prosser has suggested the maximum amount in his specs that he learned from a source at Apple.
The big caveat here is that the bottom iPhone 12 models might not support mmWave 5G technology. It’s expected this may be a feature reserved for the 2 top-end models, so those on carriers like Verizon within the US will need to choose those.
iPhone 12 specs
How are these phones getting to power 5G connectivity? One rumour suggests it’ll have a custom-made 5G antenna alongside a 5nm A14 Bionic processor.
What meaning for the typical consumer is an iPhone with a good longer battery life and more power than ever. that might be rather impressive, given the iPhone battery life is currently the simplest we’ve ever seen from Apple.
The RAM could also get a lift , with analysts claiming that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have 6GB of the things , up from 4GB on their predecessors – though the quality iPhone 12 will apparently persist with 4GB. this is often something we’ve now heard again and again, so it’s going to rather be true.
The chipset seems able to wow too, as an A14 Bionic leaked benchmark showed it had a single-core and multi-core score that was before the Snapdragon 865, the processor we have seen in most Android flagships in 2020.
And the iPhone 12 may additionally support the new 802.11ay specification, which could allow it to share content at speeds of a minimum of 20-30Gbps. So in every sense, this phone is probably going to be fast.
How much storage will you have? you’ll have seen earlier up the page, but a pricing leak from Prosser showed us the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will are available 128GB and 256GB models while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will are available both of these and 512GB.
Battery capacity is an unknown at the instant for the iPhone 12 range. One rumour from late 2019 suggested that Apple could also be employing a smaller battery protection module for the iPhone 12 that might allow it to pack during a larger cell.
Whether that happens or not is currently unknown, and that we might not even know that until someone manages to urge one to try to to a teardown on the precise internals of the new iPhone.
A recent EU ruling can also mean future iPhones won’t be ready to use Lightning cables in Europe. which will force Apple to modify the connector on future phones to USB-C, and while it isn’t clear yet whether this may be the case for the iPhone 12 it’s going to be something to think about .
Another report from Chinese publication Caifa news also suggests Apple and other manufacturers may soon use GaN power adapters. These are currently employed by Xiaomi and permit for fast-charging accelerates to 65 watts.
There’s no guarantee this may debut on the iPhone 12 – or any future iPhone for that matter – but it’s going to mean we see an improved fast-charging experience along the road .
iPhone 12 camera
The iPhone 12 range is probably going to urge a camera upgrade, with the most change likely being the addition of a LiDAR scanner, a bit like we have seen on the iPad Pro 2020. this will accurately judge distances and thus depth and would leave improved augmented reality and Portrait mode.
We’ve heard specific mentions of a LiDAR scanner being included on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max (alongside three lenses), while the essential iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max are said to possess two camera lenses and no LiDAR scanner. These claims are made by multiple sources.
We’ve also seen a leaked sketch supposedly showing four rear lenses on the iPhone 12 Pro. This sketch supposedly came from a build of iOS 14 and is protected by many sources.
Three of the lenses appear as if those on the iPhone 11 Pro, if perhaps slightly bigger, but the new fourth lens seems like the LiDAR scanner found on the iPad Pro 2020, backing up other claims of such a lens.
Before all the LiDAR scanner rumours, we’d heard that a laser-powered 3D camera was rumoured for inclusion. this is able to get on the rear , and while just one rumour mentions lasers, another also talks a few depth-sensing snapper, while one mentions 3D sensing.
Another report from Fast Company cites sources on the brink of the assembly of the phone and also says a rear-facing 3D camera is in development. one among the sources for this rumour claims the 2 top models would get this, along side a triple-lens camera, while the 2 lower-end ones would just get a dual-lens camera without 3D sensing.
All of this sounds along an equivalent lines because the LiDAR scanner we’re now expecting, so this is often one very likely feature.
Elsewhere, one source says the iPhone 12 may need a 64MP main camera, over the 12MP snapper on the last few versions, which might be an enormous upgrade. This leak also suggests that the phone will have multiple lenses that support night mode shooting, and therefore the ultra-wide snapper could have a fanatical macro mode.
We’ve also heard that the top-end iPhone 12 (likely the iPhone 12 Pro Max) will get a replacement image stabilization tech called ‘sensor-shift’, which might allow the sensor to maneuver so as to counteract camera shake.
Plus, reputable leaker Max Weinbach says he has heard that the iPhone 12 Pro will feature Smart HDR functionality for improved low-light performance. That’s alongside a 3x optical zoom, which is a rise from the 2x zoom capability featured within the iPhone 11 range.
iPhone 12 software
Apple’s big software developer conference is about to start out on June 22. It’s called WWDC 2020 and it’s expected to be the event where we first hear about iOS 14, which is probably going to debut on the new iPhone.
It’s also likely to return to your existing handset, but the iPhone 12 are going to be where it originates and it’s likely to return with a couple of major upgrades over iOS 13.
That said, little is really rumoured about iOS 14 thus far . There are rumours of a replacement Fitness App which will come to iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV that permits you to observe fitness related videos on your phone.
iMessage is heavily rumoured to be getting some upgrades too with a capability to tag people – with an @ sign such as you can do on other messaging platforms like Slack – also as how to delete your messages after you’ve sent them.
Should I await the iPhone 12?
The iPhone 12 release date remains around half a year away, if the September 2020 launch window stays constant, so you ought to probably consider the iPhone 11 series if you would like a replacement iPhone within the next few days, weeks or maybe months.
The iPhone 11 range may be a strong – but safe, and thus a touch dull – upgrade for Apple. So for the iPhone 12, we would like to ascertain bigger, riskier changes, like the subsequent .
1. Exciting new features
First things first – the new iPhone must be good. Brilliant. Better than expected. We’re talking things that we haven’t even thought of. Things that we’re hoping Apple’s brightest minds are currently dreaming up within the company’s labs.
This might sound sort of a very vague request, but Apple is one among the most important companies within the world and if any brand could make an honest folding handset or one with detachable VR glasses, it’s Cook’s Crew.
Because a tweaked design and improved specs are expected, ordinary, and not enough as consumers are holding onto their handsets for extended than ever. Come on Apple, give us something mind-blowing.
2. a replacement design
Perhaps the thing we would like most from the iPhone 12 may be a new design. Apple has been rolling out basically an equivalent design for several years now, ever since it refreshed the design with the iPhone X.
Sure, some things get tweaked, but the core is that the same. And it’s beginning to look a touch dated. That’s thanks mostly to the massive notch, which could be necessary for all the camera components needed for Face ID, but which we’d wish to see shrunk or removed if possible.
Beyond that, we’d adore an entire New Look . There’s not an excessive amount of wrong with the remainder of the iPhone 11 Pro’s design, but it certainly feels overly familiar at now .
3. An in-screen everything
We’d just like the iPhone 12 to possess an all-screen front, and a method to realize that’s to maneuver the front-facing camera under the display. If Apple can effectively achieve that, it’s bound to impress.
While it’s on, we’d like Apple to re-add a fingerprint scanner, for those times when Face ID isn’t working quite as slickly because it should. But we would like this within the screen too, or better yet, make the entire screen one big fingerprint scanner, because it has been rumoured Apple could be planning for a future phone.
4. a better refresh rate
One way some companies are further improving their displays is by upping the refresh rate from the quality 60Hz. The OnePlus 7 Pro, for instance , has an optional 90Hz refresh rate, while the Razer Phone 2 goes up to 120Hz.
This can help make interactions with the handset and animations feel silky smooth, so we’d wish to see Apple offer a better refresh rate of its own. It’s not out of the question, especially as some iPad Pro models have a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Indeed, exactly that refresh rate has been rumoured for the upcoming iPhones.
5. Further battery boosts
For the primary time in years, with the iPhone 11 range, it seems like Apple has really prioritized battery life in its phones, but we would like the corporate to travel even further with the iPhone 12. Or at the very least not go backwards.
We’re still waiting on an iPhone which will comfortably last two days, and we’d just like the iPhone 12 (or a minimum of the iPhone 12 Pro Max) to be it.
6. 5G support
Apple is behind when it involves 5G, as none of the iPhone 11 range offer it, while rival handsets just like the Samsung Galaxy S20 family and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G do.
Apple’s lack of support isn’t an enormous deal immediately , as 5G coverage remains very sparse in most countries, but by the time the iPhone 12 launches it’ll be more widely available and an outsized number of other handsets will support it, so it’ll be time for Apple to leap on board.
The good news is that it’s heavily rumoured that 2020’s iPhones will support 5G, so this is often one thing we’re likely to urge .
7. A lower cost
We invite this per annum with new iPhones and this year we actually quite got it, with the bottom iPhone 11 starting at but the iPhone XR did. So it’s actually not impossible that we could see a good lower cost – or a reduced price for the remainder of the range – with the iPhone 12.
We wouldn’t calculate it, but Apple’s cheaper phones are typically its best-selling in recent years, so there should be some incentive to chop costs where possible.