So today, it is time to geek out on the current iPhone 12 rumours spreading across the internet. Rumour has surfaced that the launch of the iPhone 12 has been delayed due to COVID-19. Apple’s original plans to launch in September of 2020 have now been pushed back to October (sourced from cnet.com). This is still rather impressive since that is just a difference of one month.
iPhone 12 Display rumours
So what is the scoop with the iPhone 12? Apple will release 4 different iPhone 12 models with different Organic Lighting-Emitting Diode (OLED) sizes from 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inches. The 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will only have 2 cameras whereas another 6.1 and 6.7 Pro version will have 3 cameras and a LIDAR sensor. Rumours are suggesting there will be no LCD variant. Uh oh. It is time to accept that there will be no more LCD phones. Furthermore, the famous notch on the top of the screen will be a 3rd less than the iPhone 11 Pro. Thus, it is a bit disappointing as I was hoping there will be no notch at all. An LCD variant would be appreciated since LCD has fewer colour shifts when viewed on an angle compared to AMOLED screens. I love LCD screens regardless of what other reviewers say about them.
iPhone 12 Models
I have listed below different rumoured iPhone 12 models:
- 5.4-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 – 475 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) with Samsung with Y-OCTA touch technology
- 6.1-inch display 2532×1170 (460 PPI) from LG
- 6.1-inch display 2532×1170 (460 PPI) from Samsung featuring XDR and ProMotion Technology
- 6.7-inch display 2778 x 1284 (458 PPI) from Samsung with Y-OCTA touch support and featuring XDR and ProMotion
(Sourced from Macrumors)
Preparing for flexible screens
So you might be wondering what is Samsung’s Y-OCTA touch technology? In short, the Y-OCTA touch screen technology has moved the touch layer functionality which traditionally is on the top layer of the screen into each OLED cell. This enables flexible OLED screens to have touch functionality. Thus, this Y-OCTA touch technology is not significant unless the new screen is flexible. (Sourced from DailyDisplay)
120Hz display for a smoother experience
With the lack of Low-temperature Polysilicon Oxide panels from Samsung, the iPhone 12 will likely reserve the ProMotion technology for their Pro version. ProMotion Technology enables the screen to refresh 120 times a second (Hz). (Sourced from Forbes) While refreshing a display 120 times a second on a mobile phone would be impressive as it would help smooth out the experience and help add clarity to users reading the text while scrolling, it would also dramatically increase the power consumption significantly but this is counteracted by the screen could revert to 60 Hz when necessary to save battery life.
The new iPhone 12 Pro variants will have new camera technologies featuring LIDAR that enables capturing photos with depth of field effects similar to cameras with a larger sensor and larger lenses. Could this mean you can chuck away your DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras? We’ll soon find out.
Furthermore, users will be able to enjoy 3 times optical zoom and potentially be able to digitally zoom into 30 times.
According to some sources, TSMC is planning to assemble the 5-nanometer for Apple for Apple’s 2020 iPhone model, the A14. Unfortunately, App developers have not utilized the full capability of the A13 chip.
iPhone 12 Pro will likely feature 6GB for the Pro version and 4GB ram for their lower tiers models.
Storage space will be bumped up to 128gb for their entry level pro tier and 64gb for their entry level standard model.
All new iPhones will have face id, but there are reports suggesting that at least one of the iPhones models will have touch id in 2020.
All of the iPhones in 2020 will use 5G technology according to Ming-Chi Kuo, featuring the latest Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem Chip. This cheap offers 7Gb/s maximum download speeds and 3Gb/s upload speeds. This chip will likely support all major frequency bands.
iPhones in 2020 will likely up support standards known as IEEE 802.11ay which is a followup to 802.11 ad that quadrupled the bandwidth and adds up to four streams of multiple transmission/reception.
Early pricing rumours are saying that iPhone 12 could start as low as $649. With a price similar to the following:
- 5.4 inch Standard iPhone 12: $649
- 6.1 inch Standard iPhone 12: $749
- 6.1 inch iPhone 12 Pro: $999
- 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1099
Sourced from Macrumors
If these rumours are true, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 will be a significant increase in features than the previous generation. However, with Covid-19 and the mass financial melt-down, how will iPhone 12 pro sell in an economy may not be ready to enjoy its pleasures? Time will tell.