We saw the release of the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch SE, updates to the iPad Air and the iPad, and other online services at Apple’s online event. As exciting as these might be, many were left disappointed with no hints of the 2020 iPhone. The launch date of these devices was pushed to October, citing reasons revolving around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That didn’t quell anyone’s thirst for the phones, so we’re here to sate some of that by rounding up the most up-to-date rumors about these devices.

Four models of iPhone 12

Fan Design of iPhone 12 models. Image credit: itsider.com.ua

Rumors point to four different models of iPhone 12 being released: the Mini, the base model, the Pro, and the Pro Max. The Mini is rumored to sport a 5.4-inch screen, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro get 6.1 inches, and the Pro Max will have the largest screen at 6.7 inches. If all these rumors are correct, the iPhone 12 Mini will be the smallest iPhone since the iPhone SE, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest. 

Physical features

The iPhone 12 series also seems to mark another physical redesign. Leaked models show flat faces and stainless steel sides. Reminiscent of the iPhone 4, this appears to be in theme with Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro models which also sport the same flat faces. All these devices are also expected to have OLED screens, while the 12 Pro Max will get a 120Hz refresh rate, similar to the iPad Pro’s ProMotion display. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s screen is also expected to have 10-bit color and XDR support.

Camera setups 

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Triple-camera setups are rumored for at least two of the devices, likely for the upper-tier models, the Pro Max and Pro. The other two will have to settle for a dual-camera setup. The 12 Pro Max is also likely to get a more advanced setup, exhibiting a system with 3D sensing capabilities. This is possibly similar to the LiDAR scanner on the 2020 iPad Pro, used to improve the photo-shooting and augmented reality (AR) capabilities. We can also expect an enhanced TrueDepth system across all models, occupying a smaller notch at the front.

Another camera exclusive for the 12 Pro Max is sensor-shift technology. This technology is often seen on mirrorless cameras, and with it, the camera system is expected to deliver a more stable image with all sensors.

5G connectivity 

Even though 5G saw a notable rise in 2019, Apple might be belatedly joining the trend with the 2020 iPhones. Apple’s dispute with Qualcomm and Intel’s 5G modem department left the industry disrupted by the release of an iPhone with 5G connectivity. This time around, the 2020 iPhone 12 series is finally donning a 5G antenna.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is reportedly getting mmWave 5G. This version has not been widely adopted, but it’s faster than the sub-6GHz 5G. That one might be available on the rest of the devices. The larger battery and larger internal space on the Pro Max are the possible reasons it’s getting the better 5G modem. 

Other specs

The next series of iPhones will likely have the next iteration of Apple’s A processors. Reportedly called the A14 Bionic, it’ll deliver substantial upgrades to speed and efficiency from the previous generation. A leak released specific numbers, with a rumored 40% increase in CPU power and a 50% increase in GPU power.

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All iPhones will have 128GB and 256GB storage options, while the two high-tier models will come with another 512GB option. RAM for the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 is expected to be 4GB, with the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max having 6GB.

Launch date

The iPhone 12 series are expected to be announced in October 2020, with October 13-14 being the predicted dates for their event. Since the iPhones were rumored to have started production in September, there was a delay in announcement and release. The last quarter of 2020 should see the release of these iPhones, but the iPhone 12 Pro Max is reportedly set for an even later release date. The faster 5G modems and the 120Hz display, among other things, are cited as reasons for its potential 2021 release.

Other things to note

The iPhone 12 series will be launching with iOS 14. Leaks from iOS 14 imply that the 2020 iPhones will have no wired EarPods included in the box. A piece of code inside the iOS 14 beta, which has always mentioned “supplied headphones,” now has the “supplied” word removed. This is compounded by other rumors and should be in line with Apple promoting their wireless AirPods to potential iPhone 12 buyers.

Power adapters are also reportedly absent from the package, citing reasons of reducing electronic waste and cutting costs. This is in line with Apple’s Apple Watch 6 and Watch SE release, both not having an adapter included in the box.

Furthermore, navy blue is expected to be one of the new color options for the iPhone 12.