The iPhone 12 is expected to land very soon, and in a first for Apple it could be joined by as many as three other phones, rumored to be called the iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
As such, there should be more iPhone choice than ever this year, especially once you factor in the iPhone SE (2020) which launched earlier in the year.
While we know the iPhone 12 range is coming soon, we don’t know exactly when – usually it would be early September, but there are numerous reports of delays, and even Apple has said the phones will hit stores later than normal (though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be announced later).
But we’d still expect the upcoming phones will be in eager hands before the end of October, and they may well still be announced in September, so the wait should almost be over.
And it’s a wait that should be worthwhile, as we’re expecting some big upgrades, including the first 5G iPhone. With 5G networks rolling out across the world this will make the new phones far more future-proof than the iPhone 11 range.
Leaks and rumors also suggest that the iPhone 12 Pro models will get a LiDAR scanner, just like the iPad Pro 2020, and we’ve also heard talk of new screen sizes (starting out at a tiny 5.4 inches and topping out at a big 6.7 inches).
There’s sure to be a big upgrade in power too, and lots of other changes and improvements have also been rumored. In fact, at this point we have a good idea of what to expect from most aspects of the iPhone 12 range, and you’ll find all the credible things that we’ve heard so far below, along with our expert analysis.
That includes a breakdown of all the rumored specs and features, plus the likely release date and price. And we’re adding to this article constantly, as the leaks keep rolling in, so make sure to check back regularly if you want to stay up to date with all things iPhone 12.
Latest iPhone 12 news: The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XR might get discontinued when the iPhone 12 launches. Plus, an analyst suggests that adding 5G to the iPhone 12 could massively increase the production cost, but that Apple might try and scrape back some of that money by using a much cheaper battery board.
iPhone 12 key facts
- What is it? The new iPhone family from Apple
- When is it out? Probably October – but might be announced in September
- What will it cost? Expect $649 / £700 / AU$1,200 and up
When will the iPhone 12 come out?
Usually new iPhone models arrive like clockwork, but Apple itself has now said the iPhone 12 range won’t go on sale until a few weeks later than usual, which likely means sometime in October.
Indeed, the latest leaked release date lines up with that, as Jon Prosser (a leaker with a mixed track record) has said that the iPhone 12 range will be announced on the week commencing October 12 (which might mean an announcement on Tuesday, October 13, since Apple often unveils things on a Tuesday.)
Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max would apparently then open on the same week – probably Friday, October 16 based on Apple’s past form. After that, the phones would apparently ship on the week commencing October 19 (likely meaning Friday, October 23).
However, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max apparently won’t be up for pre-order or ship until sometime in November. We would however take these claims with a pinch of salt, especially as Mark Gurman (an Apple leaker with a good track record) replied with a thumbs down emoji, suggesting they think Prosser is wrong.
Plus, at least one tipster has said the announcement day will be September 8, in which case it may just be the actual date you can buy the phones that will be pushed back, though that’s at odds with Prosser’s claims above.
Other phones we expect to see in 2020:
Usually, we’d have said September is almost certainly when we’d see the phones, and in past years it has often been the second week of the month. New iPhones are almost always unveiled on a Tuesday, and with that in mind September 8 makes sense.
But as noted Apple itself has said there’s a delay in when the phones will go on sale, so there may also be a delay in the announcement, as Prosser suggests.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max (Image credit: Future)
Indeed, another report on the matter, which comes from “multiple suppliers in China”, suggests that the iPhone 12 range won’t be announced until late October, with the 4G models hitting stores shortly after, while the 5G iPhone 12 models won’t go on sale until November.
On the other hand, a source has now suggested that it’s actually the 5G models that will land first, with the 4G ones potentially not arriving until early 2021, so we’re not sure what’s accurate there.
Staggering the release date of models is something that’s also been suggested by respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says it would likely be the larger models of the phone that would come later than September. Kuo has said that multiple times, even as recently as the start of August.
An executive at Broadcom – a manufacturer expected to supply components for the new iPhone – has also suggested a delay is likely, while one report in The Wall Street Journal also suggested production of the iPhone 12 has been delayed by around a month.
Some sources even say it could slip into 2021 with Reuters also claiming a delay could be likely.
Another rumor states that mass production of the iPhone 12 range was between four weeks and two months behind schedule, which could mean a big delay, though Apple is apparently doing everything it can to minimize the delay.
Meanwhile, other rumors suggest Apple finished its final testing by the end of June, and entered mass production in July, which sounds more promising.
So, when will you get your iPhone 12? We can’t say for certain. Apple’s comment isn’t particularly specific, and that may just be referring to when the phones go on sale. The bulk of the rumors seem to point to a delay of between one and two months, so October or November is looking likely – though the phones may well be announced before then.
How much will the iPhone 12 cost?
The iPhone 12 price is something that leaks have made a little clearer than the release date, and from what we’re hearing it’s likely to stay broadly in line with 2019’s iPhone range.
For reference, the iPhone 11 started at $699 / £729 / AU$1,199, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,749, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899.
Prices for the next iPhone range probably won’t be exactly the same though, as you can see in the chart below, which contains information taken from one big leak from YouTuber Jon Prosser. We’ve also included information from another leak, which suggests there will be 4G variants of two of the models.
|iPhone 12 4G||$549||No leaked information||No leaked information|
|iPhone 12 5G||$649||$749||Not an option|
|iPhone 12 Max 4G||$649||No leaked information||No leaked information|
|iPhone 12 Max||$749||$849||Not an option|
|iPhone 12 Pro||$999||$1,099||$1,299|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||$1,099||$1,199||$1,399|
There’s no clear information about prices for the UK or Australia, but we’d expect those to broadly fall in line with last year’s models if the information above is accurate.
That said, some sources have claimed the price may be set to increase over last year’s iPhones. For example, analyst Jeff Pu has claimed the basic model of the phone may start at $749.
Indeed, a detailed price leak from @komiya_kj also suggests higher prices than the chart above, with the 5G iPhone 12 apparently starting at $699 (roughly £540 / AU$975) for 64GB of storage, and rising to $749 for 128GB (which is the amount mentioned in the chart).
So that would make it $100 more than that earlier leak suggested for the same amount of storage, and other leaked prices from this source are similarly increased. However, the source doesn’t have much of a track record, so we’d take this with a pinch of salt.
But this theory does line up with a previous report that suggested that the cost of materials for the iPhone 12 range might go up, which could mean higher prices at retail.
Indeed, Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a good track record for iPhone information) has said that the cost of 5G components could add up to around $220 (roughly £165 / AU$305) to the production price of each iPhone 12 unit.
That’s not to say the phones will cost that much more at launch, especially as Apple seems to be cutting costs elsewhere, with reports of the battery board being a lot cheaper than in the iPhone 11, and the phones potentially not coming bundled with earbuds or a charging plug, but it could mean a price increase of some amount.
Still, for now we’d say prices in line with those in the chart above are the most likely, given how reputable the main source is.
Whatever the case, the iPhone 12 range is sure to be expensive of course, but the iPhone 11 is likely to get a price cut when it lands, with a source suggesting that will drop by $150 (roughly £115, AU$210), while the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone XR will supposedly get discontinued.
In any case, you should probably wait for the iPhone 12 range to launch before buying any new iPhone, as our guide explains.
What will the iPhone 12 look like?
The iPhone 12 design looks set to be a big change from the latest few generations of Apple’s handset. Remember the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5? Reports suggest that the iPhone 12 range will be in part inspired by those phones, and there’s supposedly even some elements of the iPad Pro 2020 mixed in.
Specifically, consistent leaks have suggested that the iPhone 12 will have a flatter metal frame than the iPhone 11 range, with Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s a very trusted source, being among those to say this.
The rear of all four phones is still expected to be made of glass, but the edges are expected to be more squared than the rounded ones on current models.
Some sources speaking to Bloomberg claim similar, and they make comparisons to the design of the iPad Pro, saying that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have flat stainless steel edges, more sharply rounded corners, and flat screens.
For an idea of how that might look in practice, check out the CAD renders below, made by EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach.
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iPhone 12 series potential design renders (Image credit: EverythingApplePro)
The tweet below also shows off what the design may look like. The source claims these are official molds that will be used in the production of the next iPhone.
Similarly, we’ve also now seen dummy units of all four models, which you can see below. These are non-functioning devices that case makers use to design accessories for the phones ahead of launch, so they could well be accurate, but they could just as easily be fake.
In any case, there are certainly some errors with them, as the camera setup doesn’t match what we’re expecting (more on which below), but you can see that the design appears less curvy than the iPhone 11 range, lining up with other leaks.
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Elsewhere, we’ve heard that the entire new iPhone range could be thinner than the iPhone 11 range. A specific thickness is only given for the iPhone 12 Pro Max though, which is apparently 7.4mm (down from 8.1mm on the iPhone 11 Pro Max).
And the phones might not just be slim – a separate leak has suggested the standard (supposedly 5.4-inch) iPhone 12 looks smaller than the iPhone 7, but isn’t as small as the original iPhone SE. You can see a video comparing those three phones here, while the tweet below provides another look at the possible 5.4-inch iPhone 12.
We’ve also heard from Jon Prosser – a leaker with a good track record – that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will have aluminum frames, and that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have stainless steel ones, and that all four phones will have smaller notches than the iPhone 11 range.
All that said, leaked renders that are more recent than most of those above show some significant design differences to earlier leaks, as you can see below.
Based on these – shared by EverythingApplePro – the iPhone 12 Pro at least could have the old notch design (rather than a smaller notch), a large mmWave antenna cut-out, and a different camera arrangement to what we’ve seen in other leaks.
Sonny Dickson (a leaker with a good track record) has also now shared iPhone 12 range dummy units that appear to be in line with this – as well as having flat edges, as rumored above. You can see these here.
That said, other reputable sources seem skeptical of these leaks, particularly when it comes to the camera, so we’d take them with a pinch of salt. For now, we’d say the leaks and details towards the top of this section are more likely to be right.
Finally, one thing that we are expecting is that the iPhone 12 range will be water-resistant. It’s very likely that Apple will retain the IP68 water and dust resistance rating found on the iPhone 11 range for the next iPhone, which means it will be able to be submerged in water but it won’t be entirely waterproof.
And looking beyond the phone itself, it’s possible that the charging cable will get a redesign, with a source pointing to a braided cable. Braided cables tend to be more durable, but we’d take this with a pinch of salt, and even if it’s accurate, it’s unclear whether all or just some iPhone 12 models would get this.
What colors will the iPhone 12 come in?
As for the iPhone 12 colors, we’ve heard a rumor that Apple will be debuting a navy blue on its top-end models. Reports say the Midnight Green color that debuted on the iPhone 11 Pro sold beyond Apple’s expectations, so the company may also decide to keep that or it may be replaced in the lineup by this navy shade.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max were available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold alongside Midnight Green. Those shades may remain for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, but we’ve yet to hear any firm evidence that those colors will return.
As for the standard phone, we’re expecting a similar pastel range to the iPhone 11. That phone is available in Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, Red and White, so you should probably expect some of those colors to return for 2020’s device.
What screen will the iPhone 12 have?
The biggest change to the screen could be the sizes it’s available in, as according to almost all information, the phones below will be included:
- iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch display
- iPhone 12 Max with a 6.1-inch display
- iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch display
- iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display
If this is accurate then we’d be seeing a non-pro ‘Max’ model for the first time in the form of the iPhone 12 Max. It looks set to have a larger screen size than the standard iPhone 12, designed for those who don’t want to spend lots on an iPhone 12 Pro Max model but want a larger phone.
That said, the size is actually in line with the iPhone 11, so rather than making a bigger basic iPhone, Apple has seemingly shrunk the standard model, and if this information is right then you still only have three sizes to choose from, with the iPhone 12 Max supposedly being the same size as the iPhone 11.
There’s also strong evidence of the 5.4-inch model, as 9to5Mac has found an update to the Display Zoom feature in an iOS 14 beta, which adds support for a smaller screen size.
Display Zoom allows you to change the size of the interface on an iPhone to match that of a smaller screen iPhone. So for example the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max can switch to a 5.8-inch display view, which makes all the icons bigger and more zoomed in. However, now there’s an option for a 960 x 2079 display, which doesn’t match any current iPhone but would make sense for a 5.4-inch model.
We’ve also seen what appears to be the screen for the 5.4-inch model on a production line, showing just how small it might be.
Beyond the size, Ming-Chi Kuo has said that all the iPhone 12 models may come with OLED screen tech for the first time. That’s a claim we’ve heard more than once.
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