What We Know About the iPhone 12 Series

This is it: Apple announced that it will be holding an event on October 13 (October 14 in the Philippines) to officially unveil the iPhone 12 series. As we draw closer to the launch date, several rumors and news bits have pretty much confirmed what we expect with Apple’s next-generation phones. Here is a round-up of confirmed (and unconfirmed) reports:

  • There will be four variants. While the iPhone 11 series had three variants, the iPhone 12 series will get four—with the addition of an iPhone 12 Mini. All four variants are expected to have OLED displays, though the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will have dual rear cameras—the triple rear camera setup will be exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • There will be three screen sizes. This where it gets interesting: while the iPhone 12 Mini will have a 5.4-inch display and the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a huge 6.7-inch display (bigger than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max), the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will share the same screen size at 6.10-inches. That will be a dilemma for consumers, as the main difference between the two so far is the rear camera setups.

  • 5G at last. Having 5G connectivity is an absolute must for any 2020 premium flagship phone, and Apple is expected to include 5G across the whole iPhone 12 line. It is not yet clear, however, if Apple will settle for sub-6Ghz or faster mmwave frequencies.
  • 5nm processor, here we go. With the 2020 iPad Air being one of the first devices to have a 5nm processor with the A14 Bionic, the iPhone 12 series is expected to use the same processor. Should it be similar to the one used on the 2020 iPad Air, we expect a hexa-core design, a 16-core Neural Engine, Quad-core GPU, and a total of 11.8 billion transistors.
  • Less accessories out of the box? Just as Apple omitted the wall charger on the Watch Series 6, the iPhone 12 series might not come with a charger or EarPods out of the box. Apple is reportedly doing this to cut on production costs and packaging. Should you want a charger, Apple will reportedly offer a 20w USB-C charger separately, while the USB-C to Lightning cable might be getting a braided design.

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