The iPhone 12 must be a big change for the Apple smartphone. The iPhone 11 series featured little in terms of updating. With new settings on the camera and a little more power inside, these were modest updates to the popular iPhone range.
What will the next iPhone – the first of a new decade – bring? Will Apple give us a really new iPhone?
The good news is that, in the run-up to the iPhone 11 launch, we heard a lot of rumors and leaks about a heavily altered iPhone. This includes the possibility of an iPhone 5G model, new cameras, a new design, an overloaded screen … If all these rumors become true for the next generation device, the iPhone 12 could be the big update we hope for.
iPhone 12 release date, price, specifications
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The next set of iPhones will almost certainly be launched in the fall of 2020. (More specifically, September 2020 is the favorite for the announcement event, at least; if the company faces production difficulties, it is possible that orders and the effective launch sales may be delayed until the following months, as happened with the iPhone X.) Apple’s launch schedule is extremely predictable, and every fall since 2011 there has been at least one new model.
The only slight disruption to that schedule came in the spring of 2016, when Apple gave us the iPhone SE as a bonus. (We still have the iPhone 6s in the fall before that and the iPhone 7 the following fall.) So it is possible – albeit in the long run – that some type of small-screen device or budget will be launched in March or April 2020. For To learn more about this theory, check out the rumors of the iPhone SE 2 release date.
We expect at least three different models in September to correspond to the iPhone 11/11 Pro / 11 Pro Max launch in September 2019. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted, however, that there could be up to four, as Apple serves multiple versions of the 5G.
Apple revamped the rear cameras of the 2019 devices (with three lenses for the first time and even the dual lenses of the iPhone 11 arranged in a new square case), but left the rest of the design largely untouched for the third consecutive generation. . The full screen / notch appearance of the iPhone X in 2017 has been retained for the XS – although a new larger Max screen option has been added – and the 11 Pro.
There are so many times that you can offer the same design and hope that people will keep updating – although Apple has tested this theory a few times in the past. Overall, however, we suspect that 2020 will be a year of significant design changes.
We could see the reduction or total elimination of the notch, for example. The latter is probably more likely; the notch is an imperfect arrangement, but it has become, perhaps accidentally, an exclusive part of the design, and we cannot see Apple changing it until it is ready to remove it completely.
The notch contains several important sensors – like Face ID, for example – and removing it would raise design problems, of course. Apple can opt for a perforation design, which is a commitment of its own. But we thought it would be the worst of both worlds: an admission that the notch was a misstep, the loss of an iconic design piece and the failure to provide a completely transparent design for the entire screen.
For us, then, the decision to get rid of the notch depends on the technology to incorporate the sensors on the screen (since we cannot imagine Apple opting for an enigmatic-looking flip-round camera, like the ZenFone 6) becoming accessible at scale . In this way, your iPhone 12 would not go beyond the screen – which is a difficult question, in terms of design, but it can justify the adjective used in excess “magic”.
PhoneArena published conceptual illustrations showing an iPhone with four camera lenses on the back. This is crazy, certainly … Although it fits perfectly in the square housing. (The flash is placed in the center.)
Our feeling is that Apple already offers many screen sizes in its iPhone and iPad ranges. (All together now: 4.7in, 5.5in, 5.8in, 6.1in, 6.5in, 7.9in, 10.2in, 10.5in, 11in, 12.9in. Confusing, right?) However, there are rumors that another size is about to be added to the portfolio: 5.4in.
Max Rudberg, a Swedish graphic designer, created a conceptual illustration of what this might look like. And if it looks like an arbitrary number, isn’t it: it took a chassis approximately halfway between the iPhone 8 and the (very lost) iPhone SE, given the result as an iPhone X-style notch screen layout and ended with a superbly pocket-sized device with a screen larger than any other.
This is difficult, but it gives you an idea of what Apple could have with a 5.4 ”device – somewhere between an iPhone 8 and an SE, but with a much larger screen.
I think they would reduce the XS interface, even if the screen was narrower than an 8’s. pic.twitter.com/EFR88i1hEb
– Max Rudberg (@maxrudberg) June 24, 2019
Honestly, based on the emails we read all the time from iPhone SE fans who feel abandoned by Apple, that would sell like crazy.
It’s a recurring rumor, but will 2020 be the year that Apple will finally give up and replace its proprietary Lightning port with USB-C, as it did on its iPad Pro models in 2018? We believe that this is probably not the case – fast data transfer to and from cameras is a requirement for many digital creatives. And owners of Lightning-based headsets and other accessories would be quite irritated.