The upcoming “iPhone 12 Pro Max” is expected to have a number of unique advanced features not found on any other iPhone, such as screen size, LiDAR scanner, faster 5G and potentially a higher refresh rate on the screen.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max is also expected to be the largest everiPhone ever, with a 6.7-inch screen. Previously, the largest iPhones were 6.5 inches in the iPhone XS Max and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Leaks have suggested that the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 6.7-inch screen may support a 120Hz refresh rate, but there is doubt about the feature that will come to the final product. Alleged PVT (Production Validation Test) models indicated that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be able to “change the refresh rate from 120Hz to 60Hz according to the content displayed on the screen,” and has a resolution of 2788 x 1284 resolution at 458 pixels per inch . This model is also speculated to have Y-OCTA support, 10-bit color and be XDR compliant.
Other rumors have it that the device will not have a 120Hz screen after a series of manufacturing setbacks. Instead, the feature could arrive in 2021 along with the adoption of low-power LTPO monitors and a variable refresh rate that conserves battery life. Adding a ProMotion screen to iPhone without LTPO technology may result in unwanted battery consumption, although it is worth noting that iPad Pro uses ProMotion without LTPO.
Supply chain analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has said that iPhone 12 models will not support a 120Hz refresh rate due to battery life, and may arrive alternately next year with LTPO.
Furthermore, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is believed to have a LiDAR scanner, which has otherwise only appeared on the iPad Pro 2020, for enhanced augmented reality and shooting experiences. The same alleged PVT models used the LiDAR scanner for “assisted autofocus and video and night mode scene detection.” Some rumors have suggested that LiDAR will be exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, as it is an advanced feature.
Rumor has it that the iPhone 12 Pro Max will also be the only model that has faster mmWave 5G. Sub-6GHz 5G, which is the slower but more widespread form of 5G, is expected to be present on other new iPhone models. Only the largest iPhone in the series supposedly has the internal space to accommodate the antenna design needed to implement mmWave at this time, along with the larger battery needed for higher power consumption.
For more information on what to expect from the iPhone models in 2020, be sure to check out our dedicated overview.
Update: With no sign of the iPhone 12 series this month, October is now shaping up to be the most likely launch window.
ReportsiPhone 12 Pro Max may be launched later than other iPhone models, according to reports from Digitimes and Bloomberg, due to delays in production and a delayed launch. Either 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, or 5.4 and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models are expected to launch first, with advanced 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max to be among the latest models which become available.
The latest rumors now suggest that the iPhone 12 series may be unveiled on Tuesday 13 October.