Apple’s September event has come and gone without any mention of iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12. We weren’t expecting a reveal but the year seems even more strange without the well-worn Apple tradition. Nevertheless, lets dive into the key details, rumours and leaks that we do know about.
While we didn’t get to see the actual iPhone 12 Pro lineup at the big “Time Flies” event, this week has seen plenty of juicy hints to what we could see. A new leak has hinted towards the performance, while Apple looks set to ditch an in-the-box accessory for e-waste reasons.
Alongside what we’ve learned this past week, the most widely-reported rumour for the new iPhone is an iPad Pro 2020 like redesign, shifting the iPhone to a more industrial design with flatter sides. It isn’t just the iPad that the new phone design would take cues from but it will also owe a hat tip to iPhone 5.
Another popular rumour that has us all crossing our fingers, even if hope is fizzling out, is the inclusion of ProMotion on iPhone for the first time. ProMotion is Apple’s high refresh rate tech that it currently uses on iPad Pro.
A new rumour is suggesting 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max may have more significant differences than the screen size. A key difference could be support for 5G, with the larger model utilising the full spectrum of 5G but leaving the 12 Pro being with only sub-6GHz.
With a new design, screen and camera all expected, the 2020 iPhone lineup looks set to be an exciting one. So many rumours are flying around and we are here to give you everything you need to know about the specs, release date, design and camera of iPhone 12 Pro.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Specs
iPhone 12 Pro is expected to sport Apple’s new A14 cheap, however, a leaked benchmark (via IceUniverse) suggests it performance might not blow you away:
The benchmark puts the A14 below Snapdragon’s flagship 865+ processor that we saw on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. While Apple’s ability to optimise hardware and software in tandem can often make benchmarks less reliable that with other devices, a score that tops the best Android phone offering would always be a more exciting one.
Leaker Ice Universe speculates that the lack of performance gains could be done to a focus on “reducing power consumption and heat, as well as improving AI performance.”
Moving to the connectivity side of things, according to Fast Company, the regular iPhone 12 Pro won’t be taking advantage of the full 5G spectrum. Instead, mmWave 5G will only be coming to iPhone 12 Pro Max and only in the US, Japan and Korean.
The new Pro and Pro Max models launched last year with little variation between them but it looks like 2020 will see more differences, with some speculation regarding a LiDAR sensor will only feature on the camera setup Max model – read on for more on the camera later. The decision may upset some who prefer the smaller form-factor of iPhone 12 Pro but would still like the best-of-the-best features. However, it does seem like space could be the issue, meaning there may be little Apple could have done to fix this.
Let’s dive into those aforementioned leaks. Jon Prosser has revealed images and videos of what he purports to be a pre-mass production model of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Take a look:
The image on the right of the tweet is the biggy, showing off toggles for high refresh rate and adaptive refresh rate. The latter only appears when the former is toggled.
Prosser asserts that this is just one version of the iPhone 12 Pro Max that Apple is testing and that other versions do not include this “ProMotion”-like technology. Furthermore, because this model is specifically the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Prosser isn’t aware of the status of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 display, in this regard.
Away from the display and over to the battery, rumours indicate the iPhone 12 range is set to support 20w charging. The upgrade from iPhone 11 is quite measly, at just 2w, and it doesn’t reach the heights of many Android phones – however, it remains a welcome enhancement.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Design
By far one of the biggest expectations for the new iPhone is a design revamp. While a new design based on the flatter sides of iPhone 5 and iPad Pro 2020 seems almost nailed on, the colour of the devices remain up in the air.
This week, we saw the launch of iPad Air 4, which added two new colours to the lineup. New green and blue pastel colours seem like they could point towards options for iPhone 12. With iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro offering different colour options, we’ve not sure if you can extrapolate this to iPhone 12 Pro. However, plenty of speculation has pointed towards a new blue colour for the “Pro” range.
Alongside colour details, information about the design continues to roll in. As part of Jon Prosser’s most recent leak about the iPhone 12 Pro design, he showed off the following image:
As you can see, Prosser states the notch remains the same but gives the appearance of being smaller due to a larger display and slimmer bezels. Never-notchers may not be happy with the inclusion of the infamous forehead intrusion but any improvement is a welcome one.
iPhone 12 Pro – Release Date
Apple is yet to confirm an iPhone 12 Pro release date but the company has just announced an #AppleEvent for September 15. However, it looks set to focus on the Apple Watch 6 rather than see the reveal of the new iPhone.
Apple-focused reporter Mark Gurman, who correctly predicted this invite would be sent out today, dashed our hopes September 15 would see the iPhone 12 revealed:
iPhone 12 Pro – Camera
When it comes to the iPhone 12 Pro camera, the traditional camera sensors aren’t the ones grabbing headlines. Rumours and speculation have pointed towards the inclusion of LiDAR, a depth sensor currently featured on the iPad Pro.
The inclusion of LiDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro Max was also reaffirmed by leaker Jon Prosser’s recent posts:
You can see in the left image of the tweet an option named “Enable LiDAR CA”, which is described as “LiDAR assisted auto focus and subject detection for Video and Night Mode”. While these leaks don’t confirm the inclusion on the iPhone 12 Pro range, it certainly points towards Apple putting effort into testing these features. As with Prosser’s other recent leaks, this is currently only being shown on iPhone 12 Pro Max, leaving it up in the air whether the same feature will appear on the regular Pro model.
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iPhone 12 Pro – Price
While Apple’s pricing has rarely been looked upon fondly, the company has made some strides in recent years – with the iPhone SE 2 as well as lower pricing for iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.
According to prominent leaker Jon Prosser, iPhone 12 could follow the attractive pricing trend of other base models of recent years:
These predictions would offer similar pricing to the iPhone 11 range, with the base iPhone 12 Pro coming in at just under $1000 and the “Max” version for $100 more.
One key impact on the price of the 2020 range of iPhones is expected to 5G, but it looks like Apple has a plan. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple is looking to offset the increased costs caused by the inclusion of 5G with cheaper battery technology. This new battery tech would involve “a simpler and smaller design with fewer layers,” lowering battery cost by 40-50%.
Whether the battery move means Apple won’t have to pass some of the 5G cost onto consumers is not yet clear, with Kuo stating Sub-6GHz 5G comes at a cost of $75–$85 to Apple and millimetre wave incurring a cost of $125–$135.