Apple will unveil its new iPhones on Tuesday, October 13 at 10 PT.
The invitation sent to journalists includes the phrase “Hello, speed” – most likely a reference to the iPhone 12s 5G connection.
Yes, Apple already had an event in September. But the company did not show its new smartphones. Instead, we got a new Apple Watch, iPad Air and Apple Fitness +.
The Coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into Apple’s production plan, so here we are in October, still waiting to see the new iPhone. The good news: In the meantime, there has been no shortage of leaks and rumors.
What are the names of the new iPhones?
Rumors previously suggested that we would get an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Then a Twitter user with the handle DuanRui – who, CNET, has leaked accurate iPhone rumors in the past – shared photos of some interesting stickers. They were allegedly for iPhone cases made by Apple, and one of them was for an “iPhone mini.”
It will give us the following list:
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Will the new iPhones have 5G?
It is widely believed that the new iPhones will have 5G connectivity. But it is important to understand that there are two types of 5G networks: mmWave and sub-6GHz. (Check out our complete explanation here.) Basically, 6 GHz is not as fast as mmWave, but it is more widespread.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that all four iPhone 12 models will be able to connect both 5G network. But a later report from Fast company claimed that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be able to connect to super-fast mmWave networks.
Not that it really matters right now. PCMag found that sub-6GHz is not even faster than regular ol ‘4G LTE service in some cities.
How big will the iPhone 12 models be?
Get ready for the biggest iPhone ever – and a pretty small one. At this point in the reputation cycle, we can pretty much take these sizes to the bank:
The iPhone mini will have a larger screen than the iPhone SE (2020), which has a 4.7-inch screen with large frames. If you have smaller hands, the mini may be the way to go.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a massive 6.7-inch screen, making it the largest iPhone ever. (The iPhone 11 Pro Max screen is a modest 6.5 inches.)
What will the iPhone 12 models look like?
The iPhone 4, with its beautiful steel frame and flat edges, is my choice for the most beautiful iPhone ever designed. Then Apple moved on aluminum frames and rounded edges. Get ready to party like it’s 2010, because rumors suggest that Apple’s return the clock.
The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will have flat stainless steel edges, said Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, referring to “people familiar with the plans.” Other reports have suggested that each iPhone 12 model will have flat edges. That would be in line with the design of Apple’s new iPad Air.
What about the screen?
Right now, only the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max have OLED screens. The iPhone 11 has an LCD screen. Um, so what’s the difference? OLED screens provide greater contrast, especially in dark and very bright areas of an image, for more vibrant colors. On the other hand, every iPhone 12 model will have an OLED screen, reports Nikkei Asia.
The big unknown is whether any of the new iPhones will have a 120Hz refresh rate. The iPhone 11 has a refresh rate of 60Hz. This means that an image on the screen is updated 60 times per second.
As you might expect, on a 120Hz screen, the image is updated 120 times per second. It makes browsing apps much smoother, and video games more responsive.
While early rumors suggested that the new iPhones may get a 120Hz upgrade, Kuo says it will not happen until 2021.
How many camera lenses will the iPhone 12 models have?
Like the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are expected to have three rear camera lenses: wide, ultra-wide and telephoto objects. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 are expected to have dual-lens systems, just like the iPhone 11.
The big change will probably be the addition of a LiDAR sensor on the back of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Basically, it will use lasers to map the surroundings. Better depth perception can help enhance portrait reality images and augmented reality (AR) apps.
The iPhone 12 is going to be fast, right?
Shocking news: A new processor will make the iPhone 12 the most powerful iPhone ever. This applies to all iPhone flagships.
The A14 processor in each iPhone 12 model will be no different. AppleInsider shared what they claimed was a leaked Geekbench score, which indicated that the iPhone 12 would match the performance of the iPad Pro. It’s impressive … but not confirmed. What we can safely assume is that the A14 will be more powerful and more energy efficient than the A13 chip in the iPhone 11.
How much will the new iPhones cost?
This is interesting. Back in April, Prosser said the iPhone 12 mini would cost $ 649. It’s cheaper than Google’s Pixel 5, which sells for $ 699.
Have seen some reports speculating in prices on iPhone 12, so I asked my sources 👇
5.4 iPhone 12 D52G
OLED / 5G
6.1 iPhone 12 D53G
OLED / 5G
6.1 iPhone 12 Pro D53P
OLED / 5G
3 camera + LiDAR
6.7 iPhone 12 Pro Max D54P
OLED / 5G
3 camera + LiDAR
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 30, 2020
We will update this story as new leaks. Be sure to return to Mashable on launch day for comprehensive Apple event coverage.