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Latest Apple iPhone 12 leaks and rumors: Everything we know about the 2020 iPhone

Latest Apple iPhone 12 rumors, leaks, price and release date: Everything we know about the 2020 iPhone
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Apple iPhone 12 leaks and rumors: You knew another Apple iPhone was coming, we knew another iPhone was coming, and Apple certainly knew another iPhone was coming, but we’ve finally started to see some very juicy leaks about what the upcoming iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will look like. 

While the Apple iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are some of the best smartphones in the world, Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, has snuck its latest flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy S20 out to market last month, leaving the Apple models feeling a little outdone. But not for too much longer, if the iPhone 12 rumors and leaks are to be believed. Here’s our round-up of everything we know (or suspect) about the fast-approaching iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. 

Apple iPhone 12: what can we expect?

Rumors abound when it comes to the Apple iPhone 12, and many of them conflict with each other. One rumor, first reported by Macrumors, comes from a research note by industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who suggests that the iPhone 12’s design will get quite an overhaul: “We predict that the new 2020 ‌iPhone‌ design will change significantly [...] The metal frame and the front and rear 2/2.5D glass are still used, but the metal frame surface will be changed to a similar design to the ‌iPhone‌ 4, replacing the current surface design.”

Another rumor from China Times, which has seen a research note for Credit Suisse bank states that Apple is looking to eliminate the notch in the screen on upcoming models, moving towards underscreen cameras like the one Oppo showed off last year. This makes sense and we expect the majority of new smartphones to move away from notches in favor of pinhole cameras or underscreen solutions.

According to a design document posted by conceptsiphone on Instagram, the new  iPhone 12 will feature a quad camera layout. There’s no confirmation within the document as to what any of the four lenses are, but we can take an educated guess that there will be a standard wide lens, an ultrawide, a telephoto lens. The fourth lens is a bit of a mystery, but the lens looks like it could potentially be a LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) lens. This would primarily serve to improve the depth-sensing capabilities of the camera suite.

Apple iPhone 12 camera leak: iPhone 2020 camera reveal

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On the display side of things, numerous sources are now saying that all iPhones going forwards will feature OLED screens, with Apple finally ditching the old LCD screen technology that still features in its budget models.

Assuming conspiracy theorists haven’t burnt down all the masts, we can also safely assume that there will be 5G-ready versions of all models in the iPhone 12 series too. This rumor comes to us from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo once again. Given that everything will be moving to 5G in the next few years, and we have an industry expert stating it will happen, we think 5G iPhones are a foregone conclusion.

While it almost goes without saying, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be more powerful than the current iPhone 11 series of smartphones. A benchmark test reported on by TechRadar shows that the A14 Bionic chipset that will power the iPhone 12 may be up to twice as powerful as the Snapdragon 865 which powers the Samsung Galaxy S20.

Update: A new leak from tech analyst Jon Prosser, who posted an image on Twitter, has corroborated many of the rumors that we talked about below.

As we can see from the picture, there will be four different iPhone 12 models: a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. All handsets will be 5G enabled and will be powered by the A14 chipset. It also seems like only the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro max will get the quad-camera set-up with that LIDAR lens we talked about earlier too. 

The leaked image also mentions a smaller notch, but doesn't say they have been removed completely, which implies that we won't see the previously rumored underscreen camera in the iPhone 12, though it may be coming for future iPhones.

Apple iPhone 12: release date rumors

There's no official word on an iPhone 12 release date yet as Apple hasn’t even announced that the phone exists, but Apple has historically launched it’s new phones in September and we can’t see it deviating from this pattern. Almost every iPhone has been launched in September since the iPhone 5, so why change up the formula?

There have been worries that the current coronavirus pandemic could hurt production and manufacturing timelines, but we’ve heard nothing concrete about a delay yet.

Apple iPhone 12: price rumors

Again, we have no official word on this but we can safely assume that it will be in line with previous models. Currently, the iPhone 11 starts at $699 while prices for the iPhone 11 Pro start at $999. We’d expect to see the Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro stay in this ballpark, though TechRadar has reported that the iPhone 12 series might have a newer design with some more expensive components, which might drive costs up somewhat.

Given the current economic downturn that has come from the global pandemic and subsequent hits to industry and employment, launching the latest iPhone at a significantly higher price than previous models seems like a poor choice for Apple. At the very least, we’d expect to see prices on the existing models, such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, drop dramatically once the Apple iPhone 12 series launches.