It will be another busy year for Apple. The company will release an affordable iPhone model in March, followed by four iPhone 12 models on September. Here are a few things we currently know about Apple’s upcoming flagship:
Design: The iPhone 12 should make the return of the previous slab-sided design, introduced by the iPhone 4. Just like the current iPhone 11, the upcoming device should also offer curved glass edges, which is referenced as 2.5D glass. The iPhone 12 should also be thinner compared to the iPhone 11 at just around 7.4mm thick. All models should have a TrueDepth camera system for smoother operation of Face ID. One iPhone 12 model will be larger than iPhone 11, two iPhone 12 variants will be similar in size with iPhone 11 and another variant will be smaller than iPhone 11.
Display: All iPhone 12 models should come with OLED displays, compared to the current iPhone with LCD displays. Just like new Android flagships, the iPhone will have a 120Hz display refresh rate for smoother movements on display. This will improve responsiveness when navigating the interface and playing games.
Camera: Camera is often a big differentiator among smartphones and the iPhone 12 will have noticeably better camera. The cheapest iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display will have a couple of cameras on the back. For high-end iPhone 12 models, there will be a triple-sensor camera on the back with telephoto, wide and ultra-wide. It is also quite probable that these iPhone models with have ToF 3D sensor, which ensures high fidelity 3D images and better implementations of augmented reality. Because it’s a laser-powered technology, the ToF sensor has a longer range compared to TrueDepth.
Internal hardware: The iPhone will use the powerful Bionic A14 processor. It’s reported that TMSC will start producing the 5nm A14 processor in Q2 2020. The current A13 chipset uses 7nm manufacturing process, so the A14 should be faster and more efficient. With 6GB of RAM, all iPhone 12 should be powerful multitaskers and it is expected that gaming performance will be 50 percent faster.
Connectivity: We could expect that all iPhone 12 models will have 5G connectivity, which supports two 5G standards, mmWave 5G and sub-6 GHz 5G. It is important because carriers around the world may use different 5G standards.
Naming: At the moment, all evident are pointing to the next iPhone to be introduced as iPhone 12. It is quite unlikely that Apple will release a “S” model for this year’s upgrade.