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iPhone 12 specs (based on leaks)

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The iPhone 12 is landing later in 2020 and hopes are high that it will be a major shake-up for the range, as it’s the first numbered iPhone of a new decade, and it’s following the iPhone 11 series, which was a fairly conservative update from the iPhone XS series.

In fact, we haven’t seen a big change since the iPhone X, so one is overdue, and current rumors suggest that’s exactly what we’ll get – offering buyers an expensive alternative to the relatively affordable new iPhone SE that’s already launched this year.

While we’re still months away from the launch of the iPhone 12 (and the rumored iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max) we already have a good idea of what to expect, with everything from prices to design to core specs, camera details, and more having been leaked.

So there’s a lot to know, which is where this article comes in. We’ve collected all the likely leaks and rumors in one place (here) divided by section. We’ve also added our own expert analysis, so you can see how likely we think each rumor is to be accurate.

There are still some major things that we don’t know, and you can find out more about them in our iPhone 12: 5 big things we’ve still got left to learn article. But we’d expect most of the remaining things to leak before launch.

As such, we’re keeping this article constantly updated with all the latest iPhone 12 leaks and rumors, so make sure to check back regularly if you want to stay up to date on Apple’s next flagship.

Latest iPhone 12 news: We’ve created a guide to all the main things we’re yet to find out about the iPhone 12. Plus, a huge leak has provided further evidence of the iPhone 12 range, and even suggests that the larger cheaper model will be called the iPhone 12 Max. You can read all about the leaks below.

iPhone 12 release date

There isn’t any official iPhone 12 release date information available yet. We’re almost certain the phone (or phones) will appear in 2020 though as Apple launches its new phones almost metronomically.

So much so that we can get even more specific and say that the new iPhone release date will probably be in September 2020 – and it’s usually around the second week of the month. It’s almost always unveiled on a Tuesday too, so we’d put our money on it being revealed on September 8, 2020.

There’s always the chance it may be pushed back to September 15 though as it isn’t always the second week of the month.

We’d predict that you’ll be able to pick it up 10 days after that, so you might need a Friday off work if you’re desperate to get your hands on one. That said, we can’t be as confident of these dates as usual, because there’s a chance that the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the production of the next iPhone may push things back.

We had heard that development would be unaffected, and there are even now reports that the main manufacturing factories are fully staffed up. Plus, an exec at Foxconn (the main manufacturer of the iPhone) has said that company aims and hopes to make up for lost ground.

But elsewhere there are reports that the phone will be delayed until October or November, with Apple apparently not even having finalized the design in late March 2020. Some sources even say it could slip into 2021 with Reuters also claiming a delay could be likely.

iPhone 12 price

When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it’s likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699 / £729 / AU$1,19, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,749, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899.

That’s backed up by the rumors too, and one big leak from YouTuber and prolific leaker Jon Prosser has shared information on how much he believes the phones will cost in the US.

There’s no accurate information about prices for the UK or Australia, but it seems to largely match the iPhone 11 series with the cheapest model being slightly less this year for the iPhone 12.

Having said all that, one previous report suggested that the cost of materials for the iPhone 12 range might go up, which could mean even higher prices at retail. We won’t know for certain until Apple announces this on stage.

The name

First things first: we’re pretty confident the 2020 Apple phones will be called the iPhone 12 series. It’s likely not to be  the 11S or similar, and that’s mostly thanks to an industry analyst (with a great track record) saying as such.

That’s why we’re calling it the iPhone 12 throughout this article, even though Apple hasn’t confirmed this name. Others might be calling it the iPhone 2020 or the ‘new iPhone’ – but we’re not thinking that will be the moniker Apple plumps for.

That said, Apple may surprise us with a whole new name entirely so that may be subject to change in the future.

Before we get started on the rest of the leaks and rumors, it’s important to note that we expect there to be four versions of the iPhone 12. Unlike the last two years where we’ve seen three models, lots of consistent and recent leaks suggest there will be four models.

Those models are rumored to include the standard 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a larger 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, the pricier 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max at the top of the range.

Design

Apple is known for its beautifully designed technology, so we’re expecting big things from the iPhone 12. One rumor has indicated that the iPhone 12 could return to a more angular design, as seen on the iPhone 5. Meanwhile, there’s even a suggestion that one of the upcoming iPhone 12 models might lack the notch for the front-facing camera.

This would mean that this camera would be embedded underneath the screen instead. This would be an exciting piece of technology, but expect this to hit your wallet hard if this rumor comes to fruition. Alternatively, other rumors suggest that Apple is developing new Face ID technology so that they can redesign (and even potentially minimize) the notch.

There have also been rumors speculating that Apple could be equipping its next phones with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Whether or not this would be alongside Face ID isn’t clear, but we can’t see Apple taking a step back from facial recognition technology now that it’s so well ingrained in its iPhone line-up.

In terms of the iPhone 12 display, there have been some rumors that state we could see one or more of the 2020 iPhone models with a 120Hz refresh rate, up from 60Hz on current models. This could make interactions feel smoother when you’re using the phone. We might also see all iPhone 12 models with an OLED screen, rather than only the more premium models as seen in the current iPhone 11 generation.

And finally, we could see a slight change in the selection of sizes for the new iPhone 12 models. One analyst has claimed that we could see a 6.7-inch phone, a 5.4-inch phone and two 6.1-inch phones.

Rumored Features of  the iPhone 12

  • PERFORMANCEApple A13 Bionic
  • STORAGE64 GB
  • CAMERA12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • BATTERY3210 mAh
  • DISPLAY5.42″ (13.77 cm)
  • RAM6 GB
  • LAUNCH DATE  (Unofficial)
  • FRONT CAMERA 12 MP
  • BATTERY 3210 mAh
  • PROCESSOR Apple A13 Bionic
  • DISPLAY 5.42 inches
  • RAM 6 GB
  • REAR CAMERA 12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
  • CAMERA SETUP Single
  • SETTINGS Exposure compensation, ISO control
  • CAMERA FEATURESbDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
  • IMAGE RESOLUTION 4000 x 3000 Pixels
  • AUTOFOCUS Yes Phase Detection autofocus
  • SHOOTING MODES Continuos Shooting
  • RESOLUTION 12 MP Primary Camera
  • OPTICAL IMAGE STABILISATION Yes
  • FLASH Yes Retina Flash

  –Battery

  • USER REPLACEABLE No
  • TYPE Li-ion
  • QUICK CHARGING Yes Fast
  • USB TYPEC Yes
  • WIRELESS CHARGING Yes
  • CAPACITY 3210 mAh

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