Another wave of rumors, this time a lot more valid, has floated the tech space in regard to the much-awaited iPhone 12. With a suspected 12th October launch event date, several new features have also been leaked.
Among the new rumors and leaks is Apple’s decision to double the entry-level storage capacities of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to 128GB, which addresses the much-criticized 64GB starting point in iPhone 11 Pro models. Apple tipster John Prosser has confirmed that the all-new iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 will have the same 64/128/256GB upgrade options as the iPhone 11 line-up, missing out on the 512GB top tier available to the iPhone 12 Pro models.
Coming to the design and screen size, it is rumored that the 6.7-inch iPhone and 6.1-inch model will be higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag. All iPhones in 2020 are expected to feature OLED display technology regardless of price.
With many tech sites reporting a possible price drop, it is also expected that Apple will price the iPhone 12 at $649, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099. Furthermore, it is speculated that the 4 new iPhones will be enhanced with the ability to support 5G networks.
A rumor that may come as a disappointment to many, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple may not include its wired EarPod headphones in the iPhone 12 box. This would be a move to encourage people to buy the company’s wireless AirPods instead. Apple has included EarPod headphones since the iPhone 5 release in 2012, so this would be a notable change. AirPod and AirPod Pro earbuds are currently priced at $159 (£159, AU$249) and $249 (£249, AU$399), respectively. According to 9to5Mac, it is also suspected that the iPhone 12 will ship without a power adapter. As reported by CNET, the reason for this move is mainly for costs — by foregoing it, Apple can keep costs down while loading the phone with 5G components.
Lastly, the iPhone 12 models coming in 2020 will use an Apple-designed 5-nanometer A14 chip manufactured by TSMC. The A14 chip is expected to bring both speed and efficiency improvements that could bring small gains in battery life to compensate for 5G, which uses additional battery.