The COVID-19 crisis could delay the launch of the new iPhone this year by a few weeks, but even with this delay, the final characteristics of the new phone should already be more or less defined. It is in the spring when Apple begins to make decisions about the final manufacturing process of the model that will be released in September or October and, therefore, when the rumors begin to be more reliable.
And those rumors point to a very ambitious iPhone for 2020. Jon Prosser, a technology analyst who in recent years has achieved a surprising level of access to the company’s plans, revealed this weekend some of the characteristics of the new phone, including possible sale prices, which would be slightly lower this year.
According to Prosser, this year Apple will present for four iPhone models. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro and their variants with a larger screen size (iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max).
All will have an OLED screen. The iPhone 12 will have a 5.4-inch and the 12 Max a 6.1-inch. The Pro variants would have a screen with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz (twice that of the iPhone now, although similar to that of some Android phone models that are already on the market). They will also be larger than the standard models. The iPhone 12 Pro will have a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Pro Max 6.7 inches.
The higher refresh rate will allow the movement through web pages or in games to be much more fluid. It is a feature that is already present in some iPad models but has a strong impact on the battery. This is the reason why so far it has not made an appearance on the iPhone.
All iPhones this year will feature an A14 chip and support for 5G networks, but the amount of RAM will be different. The normal models will have 4 GB while the Pro will have
6 GB. The storage capacity will also be different. The iPhone 12 and 12 Max can be purchased with 128GB and 256GB of space. The Pro will add the 512GB capacity option.
Cameras have become the best feature for segmenting iPhones and this year will be no exception. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will have the same dual camera setup that the iPhone 11 now has. A dual camera with a wide angle lens and another wide angle lens. Obviously, and although the camera configuration is the same, these phones will use a new and improved sensor.
For the Pro models, Apple will keep the triple camera configuration but could make the jump to a 3X optical zoom instead of 2X, as their phones now have and will add a LiDAR, similar to the one that incorporates the latest iPad pro and that allows to measure with precision the distance to objects present in a scene. This sensor will be key in augmented reality applications.
FaceID, the facial recognition authentication system, will also improve, increasing the angle and distance at which it is able to recognize the user. Rumors also circulate of the return of TouchID (fingerprint recognition), integrated into the screen, but it is unlikely to happen in this generation of iPhone.