iPhone 12 Pro: Everything we know about Apple’s next iPhone
Apple is expected to take to the stage in September to unveil its new range of iPhone models.
This roundup features all of the rumors, leaks and supply chain insights that we’ve received about the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max so far.
iPhone 12 Pro: Design
The 2020 iPhone 12 Pro will boast an iPhone 4-style squared-edged design, which will replace the current rounded frame on the iPhone 11 Pro, according to leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This would suggest the next iPhone could look similar to Apple’s high-end iPad Pro, which also boasts a square housing, although the iPhone 12 Pro is expected to continue to use front and back glass for the body of the device.
So far, rumors indicate the iPhone 12 Pro will measure in at 5.4-inches, the current size of the iPhone 11 Pro, and that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be 6.7-inches, slightly bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Apple is believed to be replacing Midnight Green with a new Midnight Blue color option for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, offering the device in four finishes: Space Gray, Silver, Gold & Midnight Blue.
Other reports about the new Pro iPhone models suggest the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a thickness of 7.4mm, which would be thinner than the 8.1mm thick iPhone 11 Pro Max, and that the device may also have a reduced sized TrueDepth camera system, meaning this year’s iPhone models could have a smaller notch compared to the iPhone 11 and iPhone X.
iPhone 12 Pro: Cameras
Apple introduced an all-new triple-lens camera setup with the iPhone 11 Pro, featuring Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto lenses, and 2020 may bring even more camera improvements.
Rumors suggest Apple will add the LiDAR sensor it introduced to the iPad Pro in March 2020 to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which uses a laser to calculate depth information for objects detected through the rear camera, improving both photography and AR capabilities.
Additionally, Apple is said to be introducing new sensor-shift image stabilization technology to the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new system would allow the optical image stabilization to be applied to the camera sensor, rather than the individual lenses.
iPhone 12 Pro: 5G
Support for 5G cellular connectivity is expected to be one of the flagship features of Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup, coming to both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as the lower-cost iPhone 12, successor to the current iPhone 11.
There are two kinds of 5G networks: mmWave (offers faster connectivity but limited in range) and sub-6GHz (slower connectivity but wider spread coverage). According to reports, Apple could sell different variants of the iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro dependant on the 5G infrastructure in each country and region.
For example, in main markets like the U.S., UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan Apple could offer both mmWave and sub-6GHz support with its new devices, whereas in other countries that do not offer 5G or have shallow 5G penetration, Apple may only offer devices with sub-6GHz capabilities.
iPhone 12 Pro: Battery & Display
Apple is expected to make small improvements to the battery on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. In addition to offering improved capacity, Apple is said to be introducing a new custom-designed battery protection module that’s 50 percent smaller and thinner than the same component found in previous iPhone models, offering more space for other internal components and/or battery capacity.
The new models are believed to continue to feature OLED displays, this time adopting a new technology from Samsung called Y-OCTA, that allows for thinner displays that cost less for Apple to manufacture.
One possibility is that Apple could use the Apple Watch’s low-power LTPO display technology which uses 15 percent less power than typical displays, but supply chain reports haven’t offered much indication that there will be much change to the display this year.
iPhone 12 Pro: Internals
Inside both new iPhone 12 Pro models will be new A14 chips which are smaller, faster, and more battery efficient thanks to improved thermal management, according to reports. The devices will feature 6GB RAM, compared to 4GB RAM on the lower-cost iPhone 12.
Apple will likely offer 64GB, 256GB and 512GB versions of each model, with sketchy reports claiming we may also see a 1TB iPhone model launch in the near future, but we remain skeptical.
iPhone 12 Pro: Release Date & Price
Apple typically launches its new iPhone models in September, but the fallout from the coronavirus could result in the release of the iPhone 12 Pro being delayed “by months”, according to some sources.
Liu Yang- wei, chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn suggested there is still chance to launch the range of 2020 iPhone models on time, despite the delay to production and disruption to the usual pre-production schedule, so there is still hope Apple will unveil its new iPhone models on time in fall.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We imagine Apple will price the new devices quite closely to the current iPhone 11 Pro line starting at $999 and $1,099 respectively.
iPhone 12 Pro: Concepts
Combining the information in this roundup, The Apple Post has released exclusive 2020 iPhone renders, offering what we believed to be the most accurate representation of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max ahead of their official release this year.
iPhone 12 Pro concepts envision new ‘Midnight Blue’ finish and updated rear camera system. https://t.co/IOWVWxGyd2 pic.twitter.com/g0EJ44pREE
— The Apple Post (@TheApplePost) April 8, 2020