It's nearly time to welcome yet another iPhone to the long list. The iPhone 12 is likely just around the corner, so we thought we'd let you in on the information we know so far.
We usually see iPhones released around September-time, so Apple’s latest device is probably only a couple of months away. It is possible production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but early adopters around the world should remain optimistic. However, in order to pick sales back up, if we don’t see new phones being released in time for Christmas, we’ll be extremely surprised. Apple have also recently revealed a preview of the all new iOS 14, which can’t be a coincidence. If we were to guess, they’re getting ready for the 12’s release.
We’re expecting at least three models of the iPhone 12; the standard, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Word on the street is that there may even be a fourth, the iPhone 12 Max for users who enjoy much larger screens. The phone will most definitely come out with 4G and 5G variants, which should see the price brought down on the 4G models, although, it might be worth users opting for the 5G variant to future proof their device.
A lot of leaks are suggesting the overall design of the iPhone 12 is going to be considerably different to its predecessors - that is, its most recent ones. Reports have said that the iPhone 12 will take great inspiration from the early iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models, which is exciting for original users of the iPhones way back when, and maybe not so much for the Gen Z users out there.
It seems as though the standard iPhone 12 model will appeal to users who prefer a smaller, more traditional handset. Apparently, it won’t be as large as the iPhone 7 but won’t be as small as the iPhone SE, which is essentially just the design of the iPhone 5. Striking a balance between the two could be the perfect combination for iPhone users.
Apple looks set to be sticking with glass as the main material of the iPhone, but the edges are expected to be more squared (like the older iPhones as mentioned above) and not rounded like the newer models. Despite this new design, the iPhone 12 ranges could be thinner than the iPhone 11 range. A specific thickness has only been given for the iPhone 12 Pro Max however, which is - supposedly - 7.4mm, down from the 8.1mm on the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Another rumour says that the iPhone 12 range will also be water-resistant, like the iPhone 11 range. It’s strongly speculated that Apple will keep the IP68 water and dust resistance rating found on the most current model. Very few mobiles have a better water and dust resistance rating, so it’s extremely unlikely it’ll be improved beyond that.
Colour-wise, you can probably expect a similar pastel colour range that we saw on the iPhone 11 when it came out (Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red and White). For the higher tier models we’ll most likely see Space Gray, Silver, Gold and Midnight Green, with a rumoured navy blue featuring on the top-end models.
What the new iPhones could cost has been nothing but speculation, so giving you figures would be a shot in the dark. However, experts expect them to loosely match the iPhone 11s when they were released, but expect a much larger price tag on the 5G active handsets. Apple have never released a 5G handset, so this is a big step up for the iPhone in the smartphone market, which already consists of a lot of high-tier flagships that support 5G.