iPhone 12: The most trustworthy leaks so far
In a market where innovation has slowed to incremental updates that don’t seem all that impressive to the untrained eye, but 2019’s range of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro handsets were a breath of fresh air. Aesthetically, the new triple-lens camera and Midnight Green colour didn’t do it for everybody, but you couldn’t fault the phone’s battery and the performance. It’s a premium smartphone that doesn’t make any compromises. Then we got an early surprise in 2020 with the mid-generation iPhone SE. Continuing its winning streak, Apple launched a 2020 variant of the popular iPhone SE from 2016. In the thick of the COVID-19 outbreak, the announcement sort of came and went, but the new iPhone SE turned out to be an incredibly robust budget alternative to the iPhone 11 range (well, budget by Apple’s standards). Now in the back-end of 2020, all eyes are on Apple to see what they announce for its 2020 flagship range.
There’s been a mountain of leaks and rumours surrounding the iPhone 12 release already. But even some of the biggest, and most trusted news sources, have shown they’re not afraid to report on some somewhat unreliable sources. If you follow the rabbit hole deep enough, you almost always end up at a YouTuber with not as many subscribers as you would expect from someone with an inside line to Apple. Still, there’s a handful of journalists and YouTubers out there with an excellent track record for hitting the mark.
We’ve tried to separate the fakes from the fairly reliable sources to paint a picture of what the 2020 iPhone 12 range is going to look like.
iPhone 12 models
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
- iPhone 12 5.4-inch
- iPhone 12 Max (or Plus) 6.1-inch
- iPhone 12 Pro 6.1-inch
- iPhone 12 Pro Max (or Plus) 6.7-inch
Mimicking the nuclear iPhone 11 family, the iPhone 12 will come in two cheaper base models, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max, and two premium models, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. In the iPhone 12 range, every model will be kitted out with an OLED display (a feature exclusive to the Pro range last generation).
The iPhone 12 base model will reportedly be smaller than the iPhone 11, with a compact 5.4-inch display. That’s not just smaller than the iPhone 11, it’s the smallest flagship phone Apple’s manufactured in a long time, measuring in below the iPhone 8.
All models will have 5G connectivity and the same processing power with the A14 chip, but there’s still a couple of reasons to snap up a Pro model. For starters, the Pro range will have a triple-lens rear camera array, whereas the iPhone 12 will stick to dual-lens. Then there’s the Pro’s LiDAR sensor, an advanced Augmented Reality (AR) technology currently found in the latest iPad devices.
iPhone 12 release date
Late September, hopefully.
Like clockwork, Apple announces and releases its iPhones in September, typically between the 16th and the 21st. Any other year, we’d bank on Apple nailing the same deadline, but coronavirus-related manufacturing delays have become an unavoidable hurdle in 2020. There’s a chance we could see the iPhone 12 release a little later than usual and some rumours have pointed to a much later October or November 2020 release date.
iPhone 12 Australian Pricing Estimate
|Model||Display size||Storage||US Price||AU Price*|
|iPhone 12 Max||6.1||64||$749||$1,279|
|iPhone 11 Pro||5.8||64||$999||$1,749|
|iPhone 12 Pro||6.7||64||$999||$1,749|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||6.5||64||$1,099||$1,899|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||6.7||64||$1,099||$1,899|
|iPhone 11 Pro||5.8||256||$1,149||$1,999|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||6.5||256||$1,249||$2,149|
|iPhone 11 Pro||5.8||512||$1,349||$2,349|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||6.5||512||$1,449||$2,499|
Given the striking similarities in pricing, it’s likely you’ll pay roughly the same as an iPhone 11, if a little more, for an iPhone 12 on a plan. Here’s a quick glance at how much last year’s iPhones cost on a plan.
iPhone 12 design and display
Flat edges and a stainless steel body in Pro.
iPhone 12 render from svetapple based on leaks.
If the leaked dummy models are an accurate interpretation of the final hardware, one of the most significant design differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 is the flat edges instead of the rounded edges of the iPhone 11. The flatter edges are more reminiscent of earlier pre-2014 iPhone models, but we’ve also seen Apple make this change in its most recent iPad designs.
Here at Reviews.org, we’re all for saying goodbye to rounded edges. The iPhone 5 and iPhone SE’s squared-off edges allow for a much firmer grip. More importantly, it will enable you to stand your iPhone on its side, perfect for positioning your iPhone on your bedside table for a late-night Netflix binge.
Apple’s reportedly found a way to make the notch on the iPhone 12 even smaller. That’s a bit of a gimme; it’s all part of the slow crawl towards notch-less bevel-free smartphones Apple will no doubt be spruiking a few years down the line.
Paying a premium for Pro will also get you a slick stainless steel build, whereas the base iPhone 12 range will sport an aluminium body. However, all iPhone 12 users will get a glorious OLED display. Last generation, the upgrade from LCD to OLED was a part of the iPhone 11 Pro premium but this time around, everyone gets the same crisp display.
However, there’s a new premium display option on the block. While every iPhone 12 gets OLED, the upgrade to Pro will get you a 120HZ refresh rate, whereas opting for the base model will cap you at 60Hz. Here’s a superb demonstration on the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz from YouTuber TechNick.
Smaller 5.4-inch model
The next biggest visual difference this generation will be the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 base model.
That’s the smallest flagship phone in a long time, and if pricing leaks are to be believed, it will also come in cheaper than the iPhone 11 64GB.
At 5.4 inches, the iPhone 12 will be a tad larger than the iPhone 5, and a little smaller than the iPhone 8.
Braided USB-C to Lightning cable
Next is the charging cable. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t ready to ditch the Lightning charging cable, but it does look like we’ll be getting a braided charging cable with the iPhone 12. Braided cables tend to be a lot more durable than typical silicon cables, and if you’re like us, you might have paid a premium in the past for a sturdier braided cable. The pictures below were leaked by Twitter user @L0vetodream but have since been deleted.
iPhone 12 A14 Processor
Apple’s levelling up its gaming performance.
As sure as the sun sets, Apple’s iPhone 12 will receive an upgraded A14 processor. Little is known about the upgrade at this point. Still, Jason Cross at Macworld has predicted that the upgrade won’t be a half-measure, pointing to the company’s Apple Arcade gaming service as a driving factor in Apple’s quest for portable performance.We won’t go into the technical stuff here, but check out Macworld’s breakdown for an in-depth prediction of Apple’s A14 chip’s nuts and bolts.
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- Macworld, “What we might expect from Apple’s A14 processor“