New Apple iPhone 2020

Another year, another iPhone. That’s right. With fall approaching, Apple’s new iPhone or the “iPhone 12” is close to being unveiled. Things have not been looking good for Apple in the smartphone department over the last few years. According to the tech giant’s fourth-quarter earnings of 2019, iPhone sales have continued to dip, and with the current coronavirus pandemic, 2020 is not the best year to turn things around. This declining trend in smartphone sales is not exclusive to just Apple, smartphone sales, are in decline all over. According to Gartner, global smartphone sales declined 2.7% in the first quarter of 2019. Flagship phones have taken the biggest hit as companies continue to raise prices despite little innovation.

The key take away from all this is that there is high pressure on smartphone manufactures to innovate, as consumers are holding on to their phones for longer than previously thought and are becoming less and less likely to dish out for the latest smartphones.

Despite declining sales, iPhones are still the most significant contributor to Apple’s earnings, making them the company’s most important product. With all the leaks and rumors circulating the web, let’s take a look at what Apple has in store for us with its upcoming iPhone.

Models:

2020s’ iPhone is expected to come in four variants the iPhone 12, iPhone, 12 max, iphone12 pro, and the iPhone 12 pro max. Based on leaks, all four models are going to have OLED displays with A14 Bionic processors and 5G compatibility. The differences in the models lie mainly in size in the size of their screens as listed below

  • The iPhone 12 with a 5.4-inch Display
  • The iPhone 12 max with a 6.1-inch Display
  • The iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1-inch Display
  • The  iPhone 12 pro max with a 6.7- inch Display

This would include the most number of models Apple has released the iPhone since last year’s iPhone 11,11 pro, and 11 pro max. It seems to be that Apple is attempting to give consumers a more excellent choice of smartphones to choose between, to diversify its products, and to counter declining sales. What’s better is that with 4 models to choose between, consumers have 4 different price points at which to upgrade to the new generation of iPhones from their old devices.

All four models are expected to come equipped with OLED displays and a 120Hz refresh rate. The current generation of iPhone displays support a 60Hz refresh rate as do most other phones out there, so upgrading to 120Hz will defiantly be a noticeable change. Higher refresh rates enable faster scrolling, smoother animations, and more excellent responsiveness giving the whole UI a more fluid feel. While a 120Hz screen would be high, this rumor may not be entirely true only because it would require the iPhone 12 to have a significantly higher battery life, which seems unlikely at the moment.

Design Update and Tweaks

How 2020s new lineup of iPhones will look, is something pretty much everyone is looking forward to. Last year the iPhone 11s triple rearview camera circulated the web like wildfire, even becoming the subject of memes from both Apple users and non-apple users alike. Despite the amusement, the iPhone 11s camera delivered in terms of performance, prompting apple to take it one step further with this year’s iPhone 12, based on the rumored addition of a quad lens camera.

iPhone 12 Design

In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 12 models may be the thinnest yet with a supply chain report suggesting that the iPhone pro max, will be just 7.4mm, down from the 8.1mm thickness of the iPhone pro max.

Based on tweets by Jon Prosser, a tech analyst who has previously been correct on information regarding the iPhone SE, 2020s iPhone 12 devices are expected to come in two body variants. An aluminum body for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 max, and a stainless steel body for the iPhone 12 pro and the iPhone 12 pro max. The tweet also suggests smaller notches on all 4 models. The overall design is suggested to be similar to the iPhone 4 and iPad Pro, with a rounded steel frame and flatter sides, pressed between two pieces of glass at the front and back of the device.

Other design changes worth noting include a slightly lower power button, thicker antenna lines on the side for 5G, somewhat larger camera lenses, and a sim tray repositioned to the left of the device. These small design tweaks come from leaked schematics which reveal apple plan for the devices.

Colors

2019s iPhone 11 debuted in six colors, purple, red, yellow, green, black and white. Green was a consumer favorite along with the midnight green variant for the pro model. Due to its popularity, Apple may choose to keep that color for the iPhone 12.there are also rumors led by Max Weinbach that the iPhone 12 may come in a navy blue, a color option which many fans have been anticipating online. It would undoubtedly be high contrast to the candy-colored iPhone 11 lineup and would complement the rumored metallic squared edges, quite nicely. Other colors speculated to be available at launch include silver, gold and space grey.

Compared to the iridescent and reflective hues, most smartphones are sporting these days, apple color options for the iPhones seem rather tame. It will be interesting to see whether the iPhone 12 will change that.

Display

As mentioned previously, the 4 models of the iPhone 12 are expected to come with OLED displays despite the difference in their sizes. This may indicate Apple being done with LCDs for their smartphones, such as that on the iPhone 11. OLED displays are, in many ways, superior to LCDs as they offer deeper blacks and more vibrant colours. The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will come with Full HD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels), with the 6.1-inch variant sporting a 2532 x 1170 pixels resolution. On the other hand, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 pro will also come with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels, while the giant 6.7-inch iPhone 12 pro max will come with a 2778 x 1284 pixels resolution Display. The two higher-end models displays are also expected to boast Extreme Dynamic Range (XDR). This feature offers improved brightness and more natural colours, while the standard iPhone 12 and its max variant will not.

iPhone-12-Display

Apple is also rumoured to introduce its 120Hz promotion Display on the iPhone 12 or at least its higher-end models, as it did with iPad pro. The higher refresh rate is a significant step up from the iPhone 11s 60Hz display.

Camera

As shown in the design leaks, the iPhone 12 may debut with a quad-core camera, consisting of three rearview cameras(wide, telephoto and ultrawide) and a LiDAR scanner. While the triple rearview cameras, is a carry-over feature from last year’s iPhone 11, the introduction of a LiDAR scanner will be a first for an iPhone. Apple only just recently launched their iPad pro with a LiDAR scanner, so it seems that the company is eager to integrate the technology across all its devices.

LIDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, is a spatial mapping technique similar to radar or sonar technology. The LiDAR scanner uses light from a laser to measure the distance of an object and create depth mapping points, that when combined with camera and motion sensor data, creates an accurate 3D depth map or rendering based on the results. According to Apple, the LiDAR scanner operates “at the photon level at nano-second speeds”. It can measure the distance to surrounding objects up to 5 meters away.this will make Apples the measure app faster and much more accurate and also add greater functionality to iPhones portrait mode.

While it may not be of much use at present, LiDAR opens up a world of possibility in the field of augmented reality (AR). As AR continues to grow and be incorporated into various apps, its full capabilities will soon be realized. This will be sure to give Apple an edge over its competitors such as Samsung and Huawei, who have yet to debut this technology in their respective products.

iPhone 12 Camera

Probably one of the most surprising rumours out there is that Apple is planning to upgrade the iPhones 12mp shooter to a 64mp one, with their new iPhone flagship series. The alleged leak comes from Weinbach who has an excellent track record in leaking apple news so it can’t be easily dismissed. A 6omp camera isn’t anything new in a smartphone, with Samsung’s s20 supporting a whopping 108mp shooter. However, for an iPhone, this would mark a very notable upgrade, as Apple has long opted for software and lens upgrades over packing more megapixels into their phones. Since Apple is known to play it safe, it’s best to take this leak with a grain of salt.

Apple is also planning on launching the 2020 iPhone series with more powerful Face ID  facial recognition abilities due to the addition of a rear-facing 3D Depth camera. According to Bloomberg, the improved 3D cameras on the iPhone 12 will have a range of around 15 feet, compared to the iPhone 11s limited 25-50cm range. Face ID  is also speculated to come with a broader viewing angle which would enable FaceFace to unlock at a more comprehensive range of angles. The company is also suggested to include a new sensor in the iPhone 12 to allow size to a reduction in their Face ID notch and allow for a higher uninterrupted display.

According to Fast company, the camera will also include a ToF (time-of-flight) sensor which would allow for a wide array of new photo/video effects and an improved portrait mode. The 

Another leak regarding camera improvements comes from industry observers quoted by DigiTimes. They have pointed to the iPhone 12 having included sensor-shift stabilization, which would capture more precise shots even with a shaky hand.

5G Support

5G, the next-generation mobile broadband is set to transform the world of tech as we know it. The technology, currently being set up in cities around the world, will deliver significantly faster download and upload speeds at ultra-low latency. The applications for this technology are endless with tech experts hailing it as the key to connect virtually everyone and everything. 

Given its importance in the years to come, it’s no surprise that the iPhone 12 will support 5G. Smartphones from Apple rivals such as Samsung’s S20 are already 5G compatible, so it looks like Apple is late to the game. According to Apple analyst Jon Prosser, all four iPhone 12 models will ship with 5G support. However, he goes on to state that the type of 5G supported by each model may vary.

The 5.4-inch iPhones 12 and the 6.2-inch max may support only sub-6GHz 5G instead of mmWave reserved for the two high-end models the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 pro and the 7.2-inch pro max. A sub-6GHz 5G network has slower speeds but more excellent range, while the mmWave 5G technology has higher speeds with a lower range.

The incorporation of 5G technology in the iPhone 12 is one of the significant reasons behind Apples switch from Intel chips to Qualcomm chips despite a falling out between the two over a supply dispute last year. The company plans to use Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem chip to power the iPhone 12s 5G technology.

Prices

The rumored prices for all models are listed below

  • 5.4-inch iPhone 12: $649
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12: $749
  • 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro: $999
  • 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max: $1,099

The basic iPhone 12 is rumoured to launch at a price of $649. This would be Apples lowest-priced iPhone in recent years. The company just recently made headlines with, the launch of the relatively affordable iPhone SE. while apple decision to price low may come as a surprise to some, it’s something that had long been predicted by industry experts. Over the past decade, the number available for customers to choose between has increased exponentially. Apple and Samsung are not the only tech giants providing high-quality devices. There is now growing competition in the global smartphone market, mainly due to china, with companies such as Huawei offering consumers their flagship models with specifications rivalling that of the iPhone at a significantly lower price.

While Apple has considered itself a luxury brand and priced accordingly, it seems as if the company is finally ready to give in and cater to at least mid-range consumers.

Accessories

The typical accessories included with an iPhone at launch include a set of earbuds and a charger. According to Apple analyst ming-chi quo, Apple may attempt to nudge consumers to upgrade to their Wireless AirPods by shipping the new set of iPhones without earbuds. While this may come as a shock to buyers and will anger some, it has been a long-expected move, my industry analysts.

Release Date

Apple typically launches its products in September, as has been the case for the past generation of iPhones. However, this year’s coronavirus pandemic has led many people to question whether the company is planning on sticking to its traditional release schedule.covid-19 has resulted in disruptions in global supply chains and the tech industry is no exception. The CEO of Broadcom, one of Apples primary suppliers has suggested that Apples new iPhone series may in fact launch beyond September of this year. This news has been further backed by other reliable sources such as Ming-chi Kuo, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, all of whom have pointed to an October 2020 release date at least for the higher end models the iPhone pro and the iPhone pro max. The reason for the difference in release schedules among models has been attributed to the larger models complicated design involving mmWave 5G technology.

While nothing is one hundred percent certain at this point, it would be hard to believe that 2020 would end without the launch of a brand new iPhone lineup.

IOS 14

Apple has kept information regarding IOS 14 a closely guarded secret up till now, but that’s soon about to change as Apple’s annual world wide developer conference (WWDC)draws near. That’s right; on June 22nd, Apple is all set to unveil IOS 14 at the WWDC. Since the new iPhone 12 is going to launch with IOS 14 pre-installed let’s take a look at what the new software is going to add to the next generation of Apple flagship smartphones.

An all new homescreen.

IOS 14 is rumored to reinvent the home screen, specifically how apps are organized.  The new UI will support a list view feature which would allow users to see all their apps at once, rather than through just their home screen icons and search.

This new list view is said to organize apps based on details such as the most used or several unread notifications. Furthermore, the list view option may feature smart suggestions powered by Siri, which would enable app suggestions in search based on the time of day or the users’ location.

This new homescreen feature is based on a leaked IOS14 code obtained by 9to5Mac so it seems pretty reliable.

Augmented reality 

Another report by 9to5Mac suggests that Apple is working on an augmented reality App. Given the rumored addition of the LiDar scanner, this is to be expected. The app would allow users to obtain more information on a physical product without having to search online. The report mentions that Apple is currently testing the feature with Apple stores and Starbucks.

Apple seems to be investing quite heavily in AR technology through both hardware and software additions to their upcoming products. What the company manages to accomplish in the field remains to be seen.

Tweaks to the messages app

IOS 14s is rumored to improve upon Apple messaging app with some much-requested features. The new version of the messaging app will add features allowing users to delete a message that has already been sent and mark a message as unread. The updated app will also allow users to mention a specific person in a group chat by typing@ before their name.

Backward compatibility 

Owners of old gen iPhones unwilling to upgrade to the iPhone 12 are in luck, with rumors suggesting that IOS14 will be compatible with all devices running IOS 13. This may come to a relief to many Apple users who only buy the latest apple smartphone to avoid missing out on all the latest features the new software has to offer. Apple has previously been known to exclude long time apple users through limited device support for their IOS updates, making this a rather unexpected move.

iOS 13 Compatible Apple Devices

The iOS 13 compatible devices rumored to receive the new software update are listed below.

  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

New browser features

According to 9to5, Apple safari is getting a few new features.one of which is support for the Apple Pencil, giving the stylus cursor like functionality as well as the ability to take notes and mark-up pages. The other essential addition involves improved translation features similar to those found on Google chrome. This would give users the users to switch between different languages even offline

Set as default for third party apps

Current versions of ios favor apples native apps over third party competitors. This may change with the new set as default option rumored for ios 14.the feature would allow users to set non-apple apps as default, such as Spotify over apple music. The move may be a response to criticism by third-party app developers on how the company’s apps set to default gives them an unfair advantage.

Podcasts

Apple podcasts are also expected to get a significant update in the new IOS update. The app will introduce a new section with personalized recommendations. This will allow users to discover new podcasts similar to their tastes rather than having them tirelessly search the web. That’s not all. The app will also feature user profiles to see what friends are listening to and give podcast creators an option to produce bonus content for listeners.

Car key

Yet another claim by 9to5Mac hints at a new car key feature as part of IOS14. The news comes from a code spotted in the iOS 13.4 beta, which referred to a CarKey API. The feature would supposedly enable iPhone users to start, lock, or unlock a car with NFC capabilities.

The digital keys may also be shared with friends via the messaging app. They will be found in the Wallet app. the code also points to BMW being the first car manufacturer to support this technology as it did previously with Apple’s wireless car play feature.  

Other features

Some other new features rumored to make an apearence with ios 14 include:

  • iCloud key chain, which would inform users of reused passwords clips. A feature designed to give users the ability to interact with third-party app content without having to install the application itself.
  • Accessibility updates, including a feature allowing users with hearing difficulties to detect sounds such as fire alarms and doorbells.
  • Third part wallpaper packs, allowing developers to create wallpapers that can be installed directly through the settings app.
  • Night shift for lights, which would allow HomeKit to adjust blue light exposure from Home-Kit connected lights based on the time of day.
  • Facial recognition for HomeKit secure video, which may allow security cameras to detect specific people.
  • A health app update which would sync the users iPhone with their Apple watch and give them the ability to set personalized sleep goals.
  • A fitness app update, which would enable users to download fitness videos. The app would also help guide users through their chosen workout.

How much of these rumors prove to be accurate, we’ll just have to wait and see at the WWDC. Apple is going digital with this year’s event, which will be available for viewing for everyone worldwide. The conference can be viewed on multiple platforms, including the Apple tv app, the apple developer website, Apple’s official website, and  YouTube.

The event is also set to unveil new software for Apple’s other devices, including watchOS 7 for the apple watch. The new os is expected to add all new features to the apple watch, including blood oxygen tracking, a share your face feature and new parental control and features.in the hardware department. Apple is expected to focus on the Mac with a new iMac and Arm-based Mac chip unveiling. The company is speculated to announce the new chips at the conference to give developers time to prepare for the change, will the actual launch expected to take place in 2021. According to Macrumors, The debut of the new iMac at the event is rumored to introduce one of the most significant redesigns the device has seen in recent years and is said to incorporate “iPad Pro design language” and thinner bezels similar to the pro display xdr.

Battery and USB type-c

Assuming the iPhone 12 comes with a 120 Hz promotion display as rumored for the pro models, the new smartphone would need to be equipped with a much larger battery. 2019s iPhone 11 pro max came with a lithium-ion battery capacity of 3969 mAh. That’s the largest battery capacity we’ve seen so far in an iPhone. The iPhone 12 is expected to break a new record for the company with an alleged battery capacity of 4400mAh.A battery capacity of that level should be able to give the iPhone 12 a battery life of up to 45-50 hours.

According to tech leaker Jon Prosser, the two higher-end models will supposedly host a logic board split into two parts connected by a ribbon cable. This would allow the phones to accommodate the expected 4400mAh battery. Apart from the display, the battery would also have to support the energy-draining 5G technology the smartphones are expected to launch with.

iPhone 12 Battery

As for The wild rumor that Apple is finally ditching lighting ports for USB-C with the new iPhone 12, the claim remains to be unfounded. With leaker Jon Prosser even stating that “Apple will go portless before they go USB-C., “another apple leaker supports this news by the name of “fudge,” which states that apples portless design. Which it hopes to incorporate in future devices would combine wireless charging and a port-less Smart Connector system for data transfer and sync. The leak goes on to state that Apple is not planning to launch this feature with the iPhone 12 and will instead go on to do so in 2021s iPhone 13.

If these claims prove to be accurate, this would mean that the 2020s iPhone lineup will be the company’s last series of smartphones to feature a port at all.

Performance

The iPhone 12 is speculated to ship with Apple A14 chipset with two high-performance cores and up to four efficiency cores. Apple is also expected to keep a quad-core GPU, which the company quotes to be 20 times faster while consuming 40% less battery. The new chipset may also come with a more efficient Neutral engine, which would further aid the handsets in areas including augmented reality and artificial intelligence while also speeding up speech and image processing.

Based on leaked Geekbench scores for the iPhone 12s A14 processor, Apple’s new flagship is expected to grossly outperform rivals such as the Samsung s20, with a single-core score of 1658 and a multi-core score of 4612. The tests go on to show that the A14 would be the first A-series processor to pass the 3.0Ghz benchmark. The chip’s high single-core performance is a sign of significant improvement in smartphone performance. This would allow users to multi-task and navigate between apps with ease, taking the phone’s capabilities to the next level. With that being, said Geekbench scores are easy to fake, and the lack of a reliable source makes this a weak rumor.

In terms of ram, the basic iPhone 12, along with the iPhone max, is expected to launch with 4GB ram. With the pro and pro max models coming with 6GB ram, these reports come from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis.

Storage

In terms of storage, the new iPhone twelve is expected to ramp up storage to 128GB at minimum for the standard iPhones 12, with the 6.1 inches iPhone 12 max having 128GB or 256GB storage options. The 6.1-inch pro model, along with a 6.7-inch pro max model, will allegedly have 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options to choose between. This news comes from Jon Prosser, so it’s the best estimate so far. However, other rumors around the web point to base storage of 64GB for the standard models, with the 128GB option only available for the pro models. The last big jump in the room the iPhones witnessed was from 32GB for the iPhone 7 lineup to 64Gb for the iPhone 8 lineup.

While the exact specifications regarding the storage options available for the new models remain to be seen, it would not come as a surprise if Apple does decide to bump up the storage to 128GB.

In display finger print scanner

According to a report by Economic daily news (EDN), at least one model of the iPhone 12 may come with under-display fingerprint scanner technology.EDN had previously stated the inclusion of this feature last year, claiming that Apple would work with Qualcomm to deliver the technology. The news has also recently been backed by Bloomberg as well as analyst ming-chi quo. However, Ming chi-quo has gone on to say that while Apple is certainly looking to incorporate the technology in the iPhone, it may not arrive with the launch of this year’s iPhone 12. Instead, Apple may have decided to debut the feature in 2021 with the iPhone 13.

While in-display fingerprint scanners are already now a part of many smartphones- Samsung’s s10 and Huawei’s p30 pro being two notable examples- Apple is planning on using a more advanced version in its future flagship iPhones. 

Wrap-up

Apple had come a long way from the launch of its very first iPhone back in 2007. The company has stood the test of time, continuing to improve upon what made the very first smartphone so special. However, Now, more than a decade later, Apple finds itself in new territory. With the sheer amount of smartphones being pumped out each year from global competitors big and small, the pressure to innovate is higher than ever. For Apple to succeed and maintain its position as an industry front runner, it must push the boundaries of what a smartphone is capable of, and what better way to that than through the decades first iPhone. The iPhone 12.

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