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Should you wait for the iPhone 12? What we know so far.

Updated: Jun 29

It’s about that time of year and there has been much talk about the iPhone 12. Currently, the rumor mill is churning at an amazing pace but there have also been some legitimate leaks. This is what we know so far.

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are expected to begin surfacing this September, which is the typical release time for each model from Apple. The company has yet to announce any delays resulting from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, but it’s safe to assume there may be a slight delay in the headset release.

This year has been an epic one for Apple, despite the pandemic, and we have seen the release of many products since March 2020 when the country shut down. As a refresher, Apple has given us the new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, Powerbeats, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and various iOS updates.

While there were many more products released in 2019, the innovation that we have seen thus far provides hope for some major changes.

5G is on the upswing and we heard it throughout our time indoors. According to reports, the 2020 iPhone (which we assume will be the iPhone 12) is expected to be equipped with 5G wireless chips for much faster cellular speeds. In keeping up with the external innovations, the phone is also expected to have a 3D rear camera much like the LiDAR Scanner in the iPad Pro to continue building upon AR experiences.

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With the release of the preliminary iPhone 12 demo models, it seems that consumers will have the choice of three different sizes; 4.5 inches, 6.2 inches, and 6.7 inches. More than likely, these sizes will follow the current naming schema as the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Max, with the iPhone 12 Pro adorning the smallest screen.

While big-screens had their heyday, smaller screens seem to be back on-trend. According to 9 to 5 Mac, the iPhone 11 beat out the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, accounting for 39% of all iPhones sold. 9 to 5 Mac attributes these statistics to price more than screen size or value, this makes sense only with the fact that the iPhone 11 Pro has a slightly smaller screen than it’s less expensive version. Regardless, even with the upcoming iPhone 12, small screens seem to be a rarity but very much in demand. So much so that the iPhone 12 is 1.2 inches smaller than its prior-year equivalent.

The switch to a smaller screen doesn’t leave the iPhone 12 Max Pro as an unworthy item. Where the iPhone 12 Pro is smaller than it’s prior-years’ model, the Max Pro will be bigger. According to the leaks, Apple will release its biggest screen yet and as a result will also produce a handset with a larger battery, longer battery life, and more internal room. A bigger screen also means that there is more room to take advantage of the widgets update from iOS 14.

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If you have been an iPhone lover from day one, the new design will give you an overdose of nostalgia. Similar to the newest iPad Pro, the iPhone 12 is expected to have squared off, flat sides. This also means that the phone will be capable of standing on its own and has a more secure hold. Unfortunately, the newest model will not be reincorporating the beloved Touch ID feature, but we are still hopeful for a faster Face ID feature and a 120 Hz refresh rate.

For iPhone photographers, not much has been said about new onboard cameras. With the iPhone 11, so many camera innovations were pushed through that drastic changes are not expected with the iPhone 12, but iOS 14 updates suggest that some additional software or widget features may soon be available — like 4K 240 fps! Though this type of quality may seem farfetched, Apple has superior image processing and has recently released its plans to develop and integrate the Apple Silicon chip.

In the months to come more information is expected to be shared by Apple, however in the meantime be sure to prep and familiarize yourself with iOS 14 and some of Apple’s other releases.

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