New iPhones are around the corner. Apple is gearing up for releasing their most innovative smartphones in years with the iPhone 12 series.
“The design is not just what it looks like and feels like. The design is how it works”
— Steve Jobs
Let’s discuss all the rumours that we’ve heard about the new 2020 iPhones.
Design & Build
the new 2020 iPhones will reportedly feature an angular or flat edge design, reminiscent of the iPhone 4 lineup or iPad Pro series. The aim of this design change is to reduce the impact of metal on network transmission, which will also allow implementing bigger antenna lines, perhaps to accommodate 5G. The high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max will be slightlytaller and thinner than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Reports indicates that 2020 lineup will feature four new iPhones: 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max and a 5.4-inch iPhone 12. The top of the line iPhones will feature stainless steel body, while the low-end iPhone 12 Max and 12 lite will feature an aluminium body sandwiched with an all-glass design on all models.
The colour options of the new iPhones are quite difficult to predict since Apple always tries to come up with a different lineup every year. But just like last year, the low-end iPhones will feature more colour options, while the top of the line Devices will feature industrial colours.
Apple’s displays are considered to be the best on the market. One-upping last year all the iPhones this year will include OLED displays to facilitate a flexible design. The lower end devices (iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12) will include a Super Retina OLED display made by BOE (a Chinese display manufacturing firm) and the top of the line iPhones will use a Super Retina XDR OLED made by Samsung.
The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will feature a high refresh rate 120Hz display which will be known as a Pro-Motion display. Whereas the low-end devices will feature a regular 60Hz display. High refresh rate in top of the range models will enhance the video watching experience and enhances the experience of the OS. Games can take real advantage of Pro-Motion displays, which will give an edge for players in online multiplayer games.
Anyhow high refresh rate displays will drain the batteries quite quickly if this by any chance won’t meet Apple’s battery standards, Apple may get rid of this feature from its devices altogether.
Apple’s homemade mobile processor is termed as the powerhouse of the mobile chipset market by both iPhone and Android users. Reports indicates that the new iPhones are going to use a 5-nm A-14 chip made by TSMC(Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). This processor will be more focused on artificial intelligence and enhancing raw performance.
RAM & Storage
Rumors points out that the 2020 iPhone Pro models will come with 6GB RAM with a base storage of 128GB, while the iPhone 12 and lite iPhones will come with 4GB RAM and a base storage of 128GB.
iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max come in 3 storage variants 128GB, 256GB and 512GB while the iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 will have only 2 storage variants 128GB and 256GB.
All the iPhone 12 models are expected to support5G. Instead of using Intel’s modem, The Cupertino based company is looking to use Qualcomm’s 5G modem in 2020 lineup. The Pro models will feature mmWave, while iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 will feature sub-6GHz. 5G which will be only enabled in countries where 5G is currently supported. In other countries, the 5G will be disabled in all models.
Apple’s iOS is what makes the iPhones more user friendly than Android phones with complete software lockdown, iOS is the most secure operating system than any other operating system out there. iPhone 12 series will come with iOS 14.
iOS 14 will include a number of improvements and to address the bugs from iOS 13. iOS 14 might give users the ability to add widgets on the home screen. Features to iMessage like mentions are going to be added in the new iOS release. Apple might be looking to release new applications such as fitness app, AR app, sleep tracking app and much more. With this release, users can set third-party apps as default apps. Apple might release the beta software in June and the final release could be in September if all goes to plan.
2019 iPhone models are already one of the best camera Smart phones with
triple camera set up
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
2020 iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will most probably use the same setup from 2019 models and might try to enhance the overall experience, AI photography and other camera improvements.
2020 iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max will feature a 3 camera setup on the back, while base models will have a dual-camera setup.
Reports even States that the Pro models of this year will include LiDAR Scanner which Apple introduced in it’s iPad Pro 2020 lineup. LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is used to determine distance by measuring how long it takes light to reach an object and reflect back. It’s a great way to get a much more accurate 3D representation of the scene in front of the camera, which is useful in computational photography and especially in augmented reality.
The 2020 iPhones will feature a smaller notch because of a smaller front camera module. This change will also result in an increase in screen to body ratio. Apple will improve once again on Face ID technology with a new TrueDepth front-facing camera. All the jingles from the 2019 iPhone models will make an appearance in the tiny notch with a slightly different placement. The 2020 Face ID will improve on unlocking angles to support wider angles.
2020 iPhones will start at a relatively lower price tag compared to previous 2019 models. The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 with a 128GB storage is expected to start at $649 and will cost you $749 for bigger storage model. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max will cost $749 for its base model and $849 for its 256GB storage model.
iPhone 12 Pro is expected to start at $999 for 128GB, $1099 for 256GB and $1299 for the 512GB model, while iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1099 and will cost you as much as$1399 for the fleshed-out model.
Due to the current global pandemic, the production of the new iPhones was delayed by over a month. The volume production of the iPhones is expected to start in the first few weeks of July. Due to this few of the models will be released in tranches. Few reports indicates that sub-6HGz iPhone 12 models will be released early than mmWave 5G iPhone Pro models.
Rumors points out that the new iPhones won’t be launched until October or November and will ship only after a week after the launch date.
Based on what was leaked so far, the 2020 iPhones surely are the best iPhones Apple has ever made. What are your thoughts on the 2020 iPhone lineup? Are you going to buy one?
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