iPhone 12 series launch on October 13: expected specifications to price, everything about the next flagship

Here's everything we know about the latest iPhone 12 series.

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Unless you are living under a rock, you know it’s that time of the year when Apple launches its new iPhones. This is the time when the rumours mills run at all-time high to leak each and every minute detail about the next iPhone models. Apple usually launches its latest iPhones in the month of September. And this year as well, the eyes around were grazing for the new iPhones in September.

However, this time there has been a delay and you can blame it on the coronavirus pandemic. But hey, don’t get your hopes down yet, as we might actually see the new models very, very soon. The Apple iPhone 12 series is going to be a major upgrade if the leaks are anything to go by. So, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Apple iPhone 12 series based on the high volume of leaks and information.

Apple iPhone 12 series: Release Date

Apple has finally confirmed that it will be holding an event on October 13th. The ‘Hi Speed’ event is invite was sent out recently to the media. The event will take place on October 13th. And, it will be live-streamed right from the Apple Park at 10:00 AM PDT or 10:30 PM IST. This is the only communication from Apple yet with no confirmation if the event is indeed about the next set of iPhones.

Apple iPhone 12 series: How many Models will be there?

Last year, Apple introduced three new iPhones models including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this year we are expecting to see four models from the Cupertino giant. Rumours and multiple reports have pointed that the iPhone 12 lineup might have a regular iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro and a new variant known as iPhone 12 Mini.

This means one might see two ‘regular’ and two ‘Pro’ models during the launch event. The iPhone 12 Mini would be a new addition to the iPhone lineup, though it is not the first for the company. We have already seen several products like iPod Mini, iPad Mini, and Mac mini from Apple, and now iPhones might also get the same variations.

Apple iPhone 12 series: Price and Colour options

John Prosser, who has accurately leaked information about Apple in the past, says that the iPhone 12 price could start at $649. As per the tipster, the iPhone 12 Mini could cost $649, regular iPhone for $749, iPhone 12 Pro for $999 and iPhone 12 Pro Max for $1,099.

Interestingly, a new leak emerged online, which reveals the iPhone 12 Mini price might start at $699, iPhone 12 for $799, iPhone 12 Pro for $999 and iPhone 12 Pro Max for $1,099. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 will be available in Black, White, Red, Blue, and Green colour options. iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will sport Gold, Silver, Graphite, and Blue colour options.

Apple iPhone 12 series: Design

Remember the time when iPhone 4 was praised for its slab-sided design? Well, it seems that Apple is planning to bring the same design with its iPhone 12 series. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the upcoming iPhone 12 will see a significant chassis redesign this year. Ku believes that iPhone 12 will still feature curved glass edges around the display, just like the iPhone 11 series.

Apple is reportedly gearing up to bring back the boxier design for its iPhone 12 series. This makes sense as the brand has introduced iPad Pro with flat-sided body design, which was praised by the users. So, it is not surprising to see if it brings a similar design to the new iPhone models.

Interestingly, Bloomberg reported that the new flat-edged design will be only available with the Pro models, Meaning that Regular models might sport a standard design as we have seen in previous generations of iPhones. Furthermore, the report highlights that the iPhones might come with a smaller notch as compared to the previous generations.

Moving on, famous YouTuber MKBHD posted a video about the iPhone 12 dummy models on his channel. He compared the new box design with the older iPhone 4 and says that the design makes it easier to hold and the new iPhones appear to be thinner.

Apple iPhone 12 series: Display

For the first time Apple is rumoured be bringing its OLED display technology to its entire range. Usually, the company adds an OLED screen only to its Pro models, while the regular ones like the iPhone 11 come with LCD panels. As per multiple reports, the base iPhone 12 Mini could come with a 5.4-inch OLED screen, while the iPhone 12 might feature a 6.1-inch display. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could come with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens respectively.

Multiple reports also suggest that iPhone models might come with 120Hz refresh rate, however, a recent report by Ming-Chi Kuo says that this year’s models will come with standard 60Hz refresh rate. The displays could be known as Super Retina XDR and the company might introduce a new glass technology. There will be a Ceramic Shield front cover, which is simply ceramic substrate glass, which is said to increase the hardness.

iPhone 12 series: Hardware

The upcoming iPhone 12 series is expected to be powered by the latest Apple A14 Bionic chipset. The processor made its debut with the Apple iPad Air Pro. Early estimates believe that if the Apple A14 chipset is combined with the 6GB of RAM, it will be as powerful as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The chipset is built using a 5nm process, outdoing Android competition that uses a 7nm process for the SoC. The chipset comes with six cores in the CPU and quad-core GPU. Apple claims the SoC delivers up to 40 per cent boost in performance and a 30 per cent improvement in graphics. The iPhones are also expected to come with upgraded Face ID systems.

Moving on, popular tipster Roland Quandt has revealed that the iPhone 12 Mini will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB internal options. The iPhone 12 is also tipped to arrive in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB memory variants. The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max might come in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB variants.

iPhone 12 series: 5G Connectivity

Perhaps the most notable feature of the iPhone 12 models will be the 5G connectivity. The four models might come with 5G support. Also, all of them might use the sub-6 GHz 5G and mmWave 5G technologies. This could be because most of the carriers around the world are rolling out 5G in sub-6GHz and mmWave networks. Some reports also suggest that the company is in the process to develop its own in-house modems for the iPhone, though some of them mention that it might feature modems from Qualcomm.

iPhone 12 series: Cameras

This year Apple is rumoured go for dual-camera setup for the lower-end models and triple-camera setup for the higher models. The iPhone 12 Mini might come with two camera sensors including a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide sensor. The iPhone 12 is also expected to feature the same dual-camera setup. However, the major difference here will be the triple-camera setup on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The company is planning to add a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide sensor and a LiDAR sensor. Furthermore, the top-end iPhone 12 Pro Max is said to offer a larger sensor with 1.7-micron pixel size. The addition of the new LiDAR sensor will unlock new areas for AR apps. It will also improve the depth data for enhanced Portrait shots. The latest iPhones are said to feature enhanced Deep Fusion and Night Mode along with upgraded Smart HDR mode.

iPhone 12 series: Battery and No in-box accessories

Lastly, coming to the battery, we spotted the battery sizes of the new phones. The iPhone 12 Mini will come with 2,227mAh battery. The standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will sport 2,775mAh battery. The iPhone 12 Pro Max might pack a 3687mAh battery. The new iPhones are said to come with wireless charging, which will be known as Magsafe. The phones could support up to 15W of wireless fast charging.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg, Apple is planning to remove the charger from the box. This will be a big shift as iPhones have always come with power adapters and earphones since the launch of the first iPhone. Apple might bundle a Lighting to USB-C cable. This cable can be used to charge the new iPhones. Moving on, the company might also sell a 20-watt charger separately. Recently, known tipster Mr White shared a photo of the 20W USB-C PD power adapter, which might get introduced alongside the iPhone 12 series.

So, what do you think of these leaks? Do let us know in the comments section below.



Rohan has more 9 years of experience in journalism, of which he’s sent 5 years covering technology. He holds a degree in journalism and is obsessed about smartphones. In his free time, you will find him playing games, clicking photos or trying out new street food.