The iPhone 12 is set to be a powerful smartphone when Apple release it next year, alongside the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Even though we are a year away from the launch of the new iPhone 12 series, there have been major leaks already.
The three different models will spread three different screen sizes, featuring OLED screens. It’s not clear what the design might be, though some renders show the iPhone 12’s design will be inspired by the iPhone 4. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could be the first Apple’s devices to sport a quad-camera setup, thanks to an additional depth-sending Time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.
If history holds true, we should see the iPhone 12 lineup debut in September next year. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the iPhone 12.
Apple iPhone 12: 100 million shipments in 2020?
It looks like the iPhone 12 cycle could be a super cycle for Apple in terms of shipments. A DigiTimes report claims Apple is telling suppliers to get ready expect more than 100 million orders for the iPhone 12 in 2020. The iPhone 11 series is expected to sell around 80 million units, so 100 million would be a big jump, considering the iPhone business has seen growth slow down.
The reason for this big jump is that the iPhone 12 is expected to be 5G ready, which will boost interest in the lineup and likely push more customers to upgrade. Further, the iPhone 12 will have a new ToF (Time of Flight) 3D camera system, and a design change which is expected to be similar to the iPhone 4. The year 2020 is supposed to be big for 5G and Apple’s iPhone 12 could be the big winner in this.
Apple iPhone 12 lineup rumours: Improved 5G performance
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider) claims the 5G iPhones will feature Liquid Crystal Polymer Flexible Printed Circuits. LCP, which was first introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, is a material used in antennas. the material is useful because it performs consistently at any temperature, and minimises signal loss. Kuo says the new 5G iPhones will account for 15 per cent to 20 per cent of new iPhone shipments next year. All three 5G iPhones will reportedly be compatible with mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. A previous report from Nikkei claimed that all three iPhone 12 models will ship with 5G networking capability. The report indicated that Apple plans to ship 80 million of 5G-enabled modems for iPhones next year.
Apple iPhone 12 lineup rumours: 6GB RAM
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, who in a research note seen by MacRumors, claims that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature 6GB RAM, up from 4GB RAM on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The extra RAM should help the iPhone 12 Pro switch between apps with greater speed. However, the iPhone 12 will continue to come with 4GB RAM.
Apple iPhone 12 lineup rumours: Smaller notch
Ben Geskin, who often leaks Apple devices ahead of launch, claims Apple is testing new Face ID prototypes with new optics, some of which are “smaller in width” and some which “fit in the top bezel”. This suggests that Apple is either looking to reduce the size of notch or eliminate the cutout entirely. The iPhone X was one of the first mainstream smartphones with a notch.