Though it may not feel like it, we are almost halfway through 2020 already. However, as we approach the latter half of 2020, the excitement increases for Apple’s annual iPhone launch event. This year, the company is expected to unveil some majorly redesigned smartphones in its line-up. So, if you are wondering what the 2020 iPhone might look like and come with, here is everything we know about the iPhone 12 including its specs, design, and also the iPhone 12 price. So read on.
2020 iPhone: What’s the Name?
For the most part, Apple follows a major number change and then an S-series launch for its iPhones. It happened with the iPhone X, which was followed by the iPhone XS in 2018, and the iPhone 11 in 2019. That should mean that this year’s iPhone will be the iPhone 11S.
Not only does that name suck, it’s also probably not right. According to reports around the internet, this year’s iPhone will feature a major redesign, so Apple might jump straight to the iPhone 12 moniker this year. We are expecting the naming to follow guidelines set forth by the iPhone 11 series, with the most affordable option being called the iPhone 12, and the higher end variants getting the ‘Pro’ added to their name.
iPhone 12 Models
Based on industry sources, Apple is widely expected to release four different iPhone models this year. Here is what the company will launch in 2020:
- 5.4-inch iPhone 12
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max
- 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro
- 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max
Yes, based on current reports and rumours, Apple will launch four devices in three screen sizes. There will be two lower-end devices called the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max, available in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes respectively, a higher-end iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch screen, and an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch screen.
iPhone 12 Design
As mentioned above, Apple is expected to unveil a radical new design for the iPhone 12. What that means is unclear, but renders based on CAD models for the upcoming iPhones give us a pretty detailed look. Check them out below.
As you can see, the iPhone 12 will take on the design language that the iPad Pro has been following since 2018. That means sharp edges, and boxy designs inspired by the iPhone 4’s design. That’s great, and even in the renders it looks really good.
Another major design improvement that the iPhone 12 will bring is a smaller notch. Yeah, if you are annoyed by how big the iPhone’s notch is right now, the iPhone 12 might be more up your alley. As for how the company is managing this smaller notch, don’t worry, Face ID will still be there. A new Apple patent suggests that Apple has figured out a way to put some Face ID sensors under the iPhone’s display. That will undoubtedly result in a smaller notch as well.
Other than that, expect a similar iPhone design language with the button placement, speakers, and Lightning port. Sadly, Apple isn’t going with a USB-C this year either.
iPhone 12 Display
We already talked about the sizes of the displays that we are expecting to see in the iPhone 12 series, but there’s more to talk about here. For one, the higher end iPhone 12 Pro models are expected to pack in 120Hz ProMotion displays. This the same technology that Apple has been using on the iPad Pro, except it will be an OLED panel for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The good news is that Apple is expected to not use LCD panels at all this year, with even the lower-end iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max getting OLED panels. The iPhone 12 line-up is expected to use Samsung OLED panels (as current iPhones do) but they are expected to use the new Y-OCTA technology from Samsung. This tech makes the OLED panel thinner by embedding the touchscreen circuit into the OLED itself.
iPhone 12 Processor and RAM
As anyone can guess, the new iPhone 12 is going to come with the A14 chipset from Apple and if history is to be believed it will be one of the most powerful mobile chipsets out there. The A14 Bionic is expected to be manufactured on the 5nm process by TSMC, which should also result in faster performance and higher battery efficiency.
As for the RAM, Apple is expected to further up the RAM it puts in its phones. The iPhone 12 Pro models are expected to get 6GB RAM, while the lower-end iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max are expected to have 4GB RAM instead. These estimates are corroborated by multiple reports about the upcoming iPhones so they are likely to be correct.
iPhone 12 Cameras
Moving on, the iPhone 12 is expected to bring along major improvements on the camera front as well. Particularly in the rear camera. As you might recall, the 2020 iPad Pro comes with a LiDAR sensor to help with AR features. According to reports, the. iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will both feature a similar technology as well.
The cameras will reportedly use VCSELs to make the 3D camera on the iPhone 12 Pro work. VCSELs are vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, and have been used by Apple for Face ID tech since 2017 when the company launched the iPhone X. However, the lasers used in the 3D camera will be more advanced.
iPhone 12 5G
5G is expected to make an appearance with the iPhone 12 series, and Apple is going to switch back to using Qualcomm modems instead of Intel modems. The 5G iPhones will be using the Qualcomm X55 modem. However, reports suggest that Apple is designing the antenna module on its own because it isn’t happy with Qualcomm’s antenna design which apparently doesn’t fit into the sleek design Apple wants for the iPhone 12.
The good thing about Apple using Qualcomm modems is that the phones will get higher download and upload bandwidths as compared to what Intel’s modems have offered on previous iPhones. The X55 modem from Qualcomm supports 7Gbps download and 3Gbps upload speeds.
iPhone 12 Price
We also have information about the iPhone 12’s price, and if you wanted to buy the new iPhones, this will be great news for you. Here’s the pricing for the iPhone 12:
- iPhone 12: $649
- iPhone 12 Max: $749
- iPhone 12 Pro: $999
- iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1,099