Despite fierce competition from smartphone manufacturing giants across the globe, the Apple iPhone remains one of the most sought-after premium pieces of consumer technology in the world. Rumours of updates and new models often fuel excitement in the tech community and amongst consumers eager to see what the Californian company have come up with next.
Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours for the iPhone 12, expected to be the next major phone release from Apple.
When is the iPhone 12 released?
Our best guess is the iPhone 12 will be released in September 2020.
Although no official announcement has been made by Apple, it is largely expected that the next generation iPhone will be unveiled at an autumn event in 2020.
According to the latest rumours from a supposed leak, there will be four new models named iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, following the same pattern as the previous release.
On Tuesday September 10th 2019, Tim Cook showcased the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The devices began shipping shortly afterwards.
Apple usually has its annual launch events in September, so it was expected that this would be the same for 2020. However, it is currently unclear whether the coronavirus crisis will impact the launch and potentially delay the iPhone 12 release until later in the Autumn.
How much will the iPhone 12 cost?
Pricing information is never announced for devices until much closer to sale, but if the iPhone 11 is anything to go by, the iPhone 12 will probably start from about $700 and around £700.
However, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max were significantly more expensive, so if the iPhone 12 has several higher spec variants, it seems likely that some models will retail over $1,000 or £1,000 each.
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What might we expect from the iPhone 12?
As with all major tech launches, especially with Apple, there is a huge amount of secrecy around the new product. Much of the current chat around the iPhone 12 is a combination of predictions based on the previous upgrades and now the rumours surrounding an apparent leak.
iPhones have always come with various levels of storage. The iPhone 11 series offered the choice of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB to consumers, but as we consume more and more data, save more pictures, videos and apps to our phones – could the iPhone 12 be about to up that storage?
The standard iPhone 12 model will reportedly offer either 128GB or 256GB of storage, as with the model before. However, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with have an additional storage option of up to a whopping 512GB. The price for this option is thought to come in at well beyond the £1000 price mark.
The iPhone 11 has two cameras on the standard model – and three cameras on the Pro version, making it one of the best for photography and video in a smartphone. Latest rumours surrounding the iPhone 12 suggest it will feature a triple-lens camera with the LIDAR sensor that was seen on the iPad Pro (best for augmented reality).
Whatever happens we’d expect 12Mp rear facing cameras to continue the brilliant photo and video experience.
It’s likely the new model will upgrade from the Apple 13 Bionic Chip to the Apple 14 Bionic Chip.
5G is big news across the world as countries begin to roll out the infrastructure for a super-fast mobile network allowing a much more complex and connected internet of things. It feels inevitable that at some point Apple will join the 5G party and make a new iPhone ready for this data network.
In recent interviews, Apple boss Tim Cook has sidestepped the issue of 5G admitting that the company is still in the “early innings” of rolling out the technology globally for its mobile devices.
So, at this stage, it’s not clear whether iPhone 12 will have 5G capability.
There are rumours that iPhone 12 may offer different screen sizes to the previous model.
Some reports have speculated that Apple is preparing to release a smaller 5.4 inch screen version of the 12 series as well as 6.7 inch Max version of the 12 series, which would be smaller and larger respectively than the smallest and largest versions of the iPhone 11.
From the latest leak, it appears that the iPhone 12 will indeed feature this 5.4-inch OLED Super Retina Display while the iPhone 12 Pro will feature a larger, 6.1 inch screen. It is supposedly the iPhone 12 Pro Max which will then boast the expansive 6.7 inch display.
It seems likely that the days of Apple’s lightning port are numbered as the tech giant is under pressure to go with standardised formats with the industry – especially after the EU began pushing for a common charging cable.
One school of thought is that Apple may add the USB-C port to some new devices going forward, and that could mean the iPhone 12. However, others argue that Apple are likely to resist making any changes in the very near future and may be looking to move to completely wireless connectivity and charging as soon as possible in devices of the future.
At this point it is hard to know whether any of these factors will play into the design of the iPhone 12.