iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones

New design, new sizes, 5G, all-OLED, and more

Curated via Twitter from The Verge’s twitter account….

I’ve wanted an iPhone that’s smaller than the iPhone X / XS / 11 Pro with an edge-to-edge display so badly, and the size of this dummy model looks almost perfect to me. 2020’s iPhones are expected to be the first to supports 5G cellular networks, which means the phones might be able to take advantage of faster network speeds — depending on the 5G coverage in your area, and possibly depending on which version of the next iPhone you end up buying.

If you’ve been hanging on to your first-generation iPhone SE because you just love its squared-off edges, the newest iPhones could be the ones for you — there are already a lot of rumors pointing to a brand new design with squared edges instead of rounded ones. (If you’re keeping that SE because of its smaller size, there might be good news for you this year, too.

All the way back in January, Ming-Chi Kuo said that all four upcoming iPhone models will support both sub-6GHz and the faster (but far shorter range) mmWave 5G, and we’d generally weight his rumors a tad higher than the rest… but even Kuo revised his guidance this past week to say that shipments of mmWave 5G iPhones would be “lower than expected,” without specifying whether any iPhones had dropped the technology.

The release of a new iPhone in September almost feels like something you could set your clock to, but Apple has already said that this year’s iPhones will be available “a few weeks later” than their usual September launch date.

Bloomberg is reporting that all four new iPhones will have squared-off edges, and will continue to have stainless steel edges on the pricier models and aluminum on the less expensive ones. iPhone 12 Sizes Compared with iPhone SE, 7, 8, SE 2, X, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max by @MacRumors pic. twitter.

We may also have an idea about the battery sizes for the new phones, thanks to reported certifications. The rumored 5. 4-inch iPhone could have a 2227mAh battery, the 6. 1-inch iPhones may both have a 2775mAh battery, while the 6. 7-inch iPhone might get a 3687mAh pack.

That doesn’t mean Apple won’t offer ways to charge your phone — the new iPhones will apparently still come with a Lightning to USB-C cable, according to Kuo, which would let you connect your phone to a computer or a power adapter with a USB-C port. (That rumor of a Lightning to USB-C cable suggests the phone itself likely won’t have a USB-C port this year, even though the iPad Pro switched over to USB-C in 2018.

But this year, rumors indicate the newest iPhones could have flat edges, returning iPhone design to the glory days of the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone SE. (Or the recent iPad Pros, if you want a newer point of reference.

If this charger is a real Apple product, it might charge your devices faster than the 18-watt charger included with the iPhone 11 Pro and likely much faster than the anemic 5-watt charger included with the iPhone 11. 20W USB-C PD Power Adapter pic. twitter.

And even though restrictions on in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that Apple probably won’t host some kind of grand in-person iPhone unveiling at the Steve Jobs Theater, there’s always the chance the company does another highly-produced video keynote like it did for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

And despite the lowest-end iPhone likely being physically smaller than the current iPhone 11, it’s unclear if Apple will change the starting price of this year’s iPhone lineup to reflect that change.

Apple first added a LIDAR sensor to the iPad Pros in March, and in his review, my colleague Dieter Bohn found that the LIDAR sensor “seems quite advanced but built for a software future that hasn’t arrived yet. ” We’ll have to wait and see if Apple can make a strong case for it in the iPhone.

By comparison, those batteries would be smaller than the reported capacities of similar-sized iPhones in the current lineup (apparently, the 5. 8-inch iPhone 11 Pro has a 3,045mAh battery, the 6. 1-inch iPhone 11 has a 3,110mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3,969mAh battery).

If the iPhone 12 does offer 120Hz, don’t be surprised if Apple calls it “ProMotion” on stage — that’s the brand name it uses for its iPad Pros, which have had high refresh rate screens since 2017.

Apple’s entire fall iPhone lineup is finally expected to have OLED screens this year, The Wall Street Journal reported in April, and Bloomberg now agrees.

But with four new models on top of the iPhone SE it already launched this year, perhaps Apple will take this opportunity for a new naming scheme. “iPhone 11 Pro Max” still sounds pretty ridiculous, after all.

Originally, the credible rumor came from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s reliably predicted the sizes and features of new iPhones for several years now — but The Wall Street Journal also corroborated those screen sizes in April, and as of this past week, Bloomberg is reporting them as fact as well.

If you ask me, the rumored design changes and addition of 5G seem like significant enough departures from the iPhone 11 series for Apple to skip the “S” it sometimes uses for spec bumps and jump straight to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and so on.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that “some” of this year’s iPhones would get 5G, while Bloomberg said that 5G will be added to “as many as four new handset models. ” Fast Company has a source that claims only the top-of-the-line model will offer the fastest mmWave flavor of 5G.

Apparent dummy models of the phones have been floating around this summer, based on the expected dimensions of the upcoming iPhones, and they give us our best idea of what that new design could look like, and how their size compares to other phones in Apple’s lineup.

Apple has stuck with the same basic silhouette for the iPhone — a rounded rectangle with rounded sides — since the iPhone 6, a phone that came out all the way back in 2014.

This would be a big shift, as iPhones have come with power adapters and earphones since the first iPhone launched in 2007.

We’re likely just weeks away from Apple taking the wraps off its 2020 iPhones, and the rumor mill is in full swing, hinting at some major changes this year.

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