According tomedia reports, this year will be a busy year for the iPhone. Apple is rumoured to be preparing a low-cost iPhone, which will be released as soon as March, and four iPhone 12s, which are scheduled for release in September. Here are some details about the specifications, performance, and design of the iPhone 12 so far.
iPhone 12 Design
If you still miss the time you used the iPhone 4, 2020 could be a perfect year for you. The iPhone 12 is expected to return to the tablet design concept. There are reports that the iPhone 12 will be very similar to the iPhone 4. This will be an important part of the redesign of the iPhone 12’s base, said Ming Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst.
‘There will still be curved glass edges around the iPhone 12’s display, just like the iPhone 11, ‘ Mr. Guo said. The analyst mentioned 2/2.5D glass in his various reports on the 2020 iPhone series. Currently, the iPhone 11 Pro features a mix of display glass and stainless steel edges. Unlike the iPhone 4, the side of the iPhone 4 is completely square.
A supply chain report also noted that the iPhone 12 will be thinner than the iPhone 11, and that the largest iPhone 12 model will be only 7.4mm thick. That’s about 10 percent thinner than the 8.1mm thick iPhone 11 Pro. It remains to be seen whether other iPhone 12 series will be thinner.
Drawing on the design of the iPad Pro, Apple’s return to the iPhone 4’s quadrifold industrial design theme makes sense. In 2018, Apple re-introduced the iPad Pro to a tablet body. The redesign has been well received by users, so it’s no surprise to see the iPad Pro inspire the iPhone 12.
Here’s a look at what the iPhone 12 looks like:
As you can see, the front of the iPhone 12 looks almost identical to the iPhone 11 in these exposed models. There is some evidence that the groove size may decrease slightly, but it remains to be seen whether this will happen. All four iPhone 12 models will use Face ID, and the TrueDepth camera system, which can be used for face recognition, will be installed in the grooves. As the September release season approaches, more details are likely to be revealed.
iPhone 12’s display
This year, Apple’s flagship iPhone will use OLED display technology for the first time. All four iPhone 12 models are expected to feature OLED screens, including the iPhone 11’s successor.
What is the size of the display? Apple will slightly resize its latest product this year compared with the iPhone 11, according to reports. Here’s what we know so far:
An iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch OLED display
Two iPhone 12s with 6.1-inch OLED display
An iPhone 12 with a 6.7-inch OLED display
This means the iPhone 12 series will include both the smallest and largest iPhone models ever. There are reports that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will be “between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 8” and the 6.1-inch model will be between the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 model will be “slightly higher than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.”
In addition to OLED, there are rumors that this year’s iPhone will launch a 120Hz high-refresh “ProMotion” display. So far, the iPhone has only a 60Hz display, but Apple introduced a 120Hz refresh rate to the iPad product line in 2017. Double refresh rates significantly improve the user’s responsive experience, and user gestures can be converted to actions on the screen more quickly.
All in all, Apple will launch a smaller iPhone 12, two iPhone 12models the same size as the iPhone 11, and a larger model.
IPhone 12’s camera
In addition to screen size, the biggest difference between the iPhone 12 models is camera technology. Essentially, Apple plans to launch two iPhone 12s with dual-lens camera systems and two iPhone 12s with a three-lens camera system.
The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will probably have two cameras on the back, the ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle lenses. The low-end 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will follow the same setting.
The two high-end iPhone 12 models will be more interesting, with a three-lens camera system that is likely to include wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lenses similar to the iPhone 11 Pro. The two high-end iPhone 12 models are also expected to be equipped with a new time-of-flight 3D sensor. The flight time sensor is similar to the infrared TrueDepth camera system on the front of the iPhone for face recognition. Adding a ToF 3D sensing system to the camera on the back for higher realistic 3D photo capture may open up new augmented reality opportunities. Thanks to laser-driven technology, the ToF sensor will be more powerful than the TrueDepth system and will operate longer. In addition to augmented reality, the ToF sensor can also improve situations where depth data is dependent, such as portrait mode.
On the software side, the iPhone 12 model is expected to have all the features that the iPhone 11 currently offers, including deep fusion and night mode. Apple is also likely to launch more software image processing this year, especially with new ToF technology.
It’s not clear what’s going on with the front-facing camera, but there’s definitely room for further improvements on the iPhone 11 front-facing camera.
IPhone 12’s A14 processor
The iPhone 12 series is expected to launch the next generation of Apple A-Series processors, known as the A14.
According to a recent supply chain report, Apple’s partner TSMC is planning to start using a new 5nm process to produce A14 processors in the second quarter. The A13 uses a 7nm processor, so the A14 should be more power-saving and faster, thanks to the 5nm process. Early estimates suggest that the A14 could make the iPhone 12 as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro if combined with the rumored 6GB of memory. Due to the special emphasis on multicore performance, game performance can be increased by more than 50%. These improvements are mainly due to the 5nm manufacturing process.
In addition to the new A14 processor, the iPhone 12 also improves face recognition. Analysts at Barclays said the iPhone 12 would include an “updated” facial recognition system. What analysts say the “update” means is unclear, but it could mean Apple will upgrade its TrueDepth camera system for face recognition and enhance its performance in all its aspects.
The iPhone 11’s face recognition has actually improved, but this is largely due to changes in iOS 13, not hardware upgrades. This year, Apple is likely to make actual hardware improvements to improve face recognition.
Perhaps most notably, the iPhone 12 models launched this year are expected to have a 5G connection. All four models are expected to include support for two 5G technologies: the sub-6 GHz 5G and the mmWave 5G.
Different operators around the world are rolling out sub-6 GHz and mmWave networks according to their respective deployments and timelines. mmWave is a more impressive gigabit speed technology, but its connectivity range is much smaller. By contrast, the Sub-6 GHz 5G in the U.S. typically can reach speeds of 100-150 Mbps.
Both models will reportedly support both 5G technologies, which are useful not only for U.S. users, but also for global users.
While Apple is developing its own in-house modem for the iPhone, the iPhone 12 may still use Qualcomm’s modem.
However, it’s important to know that Apple’s support for 5G is only half the story, and the other half of the story is carrier support for 5G. If operators are doing badly with the 5G launch, the iPhone 12’s advantages are less significant.
IPhone 12 Naming, Pricing and Release
All the evidence so far suggests that this year’s iPhone will be called the iPhone 12. Given the expected redesign, Apple is unlikely to use 2020 as the “S” year for the iPhone upgrade. However, it is unclear how Apple plans to brand its four iPhones.
As with naming, the pricing of the four iPhone models is hard to predict. Apple set a precedent in 2019 to cut the price of the entry-level iPhone 11 to $699, but it remains to be seen whether that will continue.
Finally, analysts say, Apple is now scheduled to release the iPhone 12 in September. However, given that there are still eight months to go before September, we cannot rule out the possibility of a release delay during that period. At the same time, Apple may be staggered with the release of four different models.