Apple is all set to launch the new iPhone 12 series of smartphones tonight. The launch will kick-off at 10:30PM IST on October 13, less than a month after the company launched two new iPad and Apple Watch models. This year's launch routine has come a little later than Apple's usual iPhone launch which takes place in September every year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple had indicated that the iPhone 12 launch "will be delayed by a few weeks" during the summer earlier this year.
Since today is the day Apple sets all rumours to rest, let us take a look at all that have come up about the upcoming iPhone 12 series. Given the amount of attention Apple's iPhones gain every year, it is only natural that there has been no dearth of rumours and reports for the iPhone 12 series. From the price, to the design, to the specifications, almost everything about the iPhone 12 has been "leaked" in the past few months. Here is all we know:
IPHONE 12 VARIANTS
One of the most prominent belief has remained to be the fact that Apple might bring a fourth iPhone variant this year, the iPhone 12 Mini. The four different variants are said to come in various sizes, with the iPhone 12 Mini being the smallest of the lot. The four variants Apple is expected to launch are - iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch screen), iPhone 12 (6.1-inch screen), iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch screen), and iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch screen). Incidentally, the 6.7-inch display, if it happens, will be the largest ever in an iPhone. Apart from the iPhone 12 smartphones, Apple is also reported to launch a new HomePod Mini smart speaker or a set of over-the-ear headphones.
IPHONE 12 PRICES
The speculated price for the iPhone 12 has also been something that has garnered significant interest. The iPhone 12 is said to start at a cheaper price than last year's iPhone 11 series. Now, this also factors in the reports of Apple bringing a fourth "Mini" variant of the iPhone 12. According to a recent report, the iPhone 12 range may start from $699 (Rs. 47,586 by direct conversion) for the iPhone 12 Mini. The report last week hinted at the prices of all the four variants of the iPhone 12. It said that the iPhone 12 could cost $799 onwards (Rs. 58,400 by direct conversion), and the iPhone 12 Pro will start at a price of $999 (Rs. 73,000 by direct conversion). The iPhone 12 Pro Max could cost $1,099 onwards (Rs. 80,340 by direct conversion), according to the report.
IPHONE 12 DESIGN
It has also been reported that Apple will give its iPhone 12 range a much-awaited redesign. The company is said to be giving the new iPhone a more iPhone 4-like design with flatter sides instead of the curved design language the company has been since the iPhone 6 series.
A new report from 9to5Mac has recently cited a new iPhone icon on the iCloud website to say that the iPhone 12 might have a slightly different notch than the previous 'notched' iPhone displays. The report said that Apple has added four new icons, further indicating at the company introducing four iPhone variants at tonight's launch. The report from 9to5Mac cited a Twitter post from @AppleSWUpdates. It says that the new icons can also be found on Apple's Find My app. Upon comparing the new icons with the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 icons, it can be seen that the edges of the notch on the iPhone 12 are where the main difference lies. However, the change in the notch design is not very significant and could easily be missed by most people.
IPHONE 12 COLOURS
Late last month, there were reports of the new iPhone coming in two new colour schemes. Analysts were quoted as saying then that the new iPhone 12 series might come in new Navy Blue and Red colours. While a different coloured iPhone is not something new, last month's report had said that the may bring the the Navy and Red colours to its flagship models this year.
IPHONE 12 SPECIFICATIONS
Apple's new, A14 Bionic processor, along with iOS 14, are the two features of the iPhone 12 series that are certain. Now, while iPhones have never been specifically rated for RAM amounts, the iPhone 12 Pro Max may come with up to 6GB of memory, rumours have suggested. Storage options are slated to range between 64GB to 512GB across all variants. In terms of cameras, the overall configuration is expected to remain similar to what the iPhone 11 range brought to the table. As a result, the iPhone 12 is said to get dual-camera units, while the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are expected to get triple camera units. Alongside these units, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max are expected to get depth-sensing Lidar sensors to add new augmented reality features to the new iPhones. The report last week alo said that this year all Apple iPhone 12 variants will come with Apple's Super Retina XDR display panels.
Apple’s VP of platform architecture Tim Millet also shared more insight on designing company's A14 Bionic chip and the impressive performance they’re seeing from the chip ahead of the launch. Millet also shed light on how Apple is thinking about chip design for the future ranging from iPhone to Mac, and more. In an interview with Engadget, Millet and Tom Boger, senior director of Mac and iPad product marketing talked about how Apple has leveraged the boost in performance from the A13 to the A14 Bionic chip, and how the company is thinking about a single chip design for all of its products.
IPHONE 12 MAY COME WITHOUT A POWER ADAPTER
Apple is not shipping a power adapter with its new Apple Watch and iPad variants launched in September. The announcement from Apple during its September 15 event came after a lot of speculation about the company skipping the adapter for the iPhone 12, in order to reduce the usage of plastic, and save the environment (money). Now, it is being said that Apple may do the same with iPhone 12.
IPHONE 12 MODELS AVAILABILITY
According to a report in The Verge on October 9, a leaker predicted that while the official unveil is on October 13 (today), all four models might have different dates for when they will be made available for purchase. The tipster predicted the following preorder and release dates for iPhone 12 models:
iPhone 12 Mini - Preorders open November 6 or November 7, available for purchase on November 12 or November 13.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro - Preorders open October 16 or October 17, available for purchase starting October 23 and October 24
iPhone 12 Pro Max - Preorders start November 12 or November 13, available for purchase starting November 20 or November 21.
The exact date for when the new iPhone models will be available for purchase is not known yet.