iPhone 12: expected price and release date of Apple’s new phone after coronavirus delays - and if it will be called the iPhone Pro Max

Rumours suggest as many as four new models in varying sizes

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 8:17 am
Could this be what the new iPhone looks like? (Photo: Shutterstock)

Tech fans are gearing up for the reveal of the next wave of iPhones.

Though an official reveal may be some weeks away, rumours are running rampant.

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Here's everything we know so far:

What will the new phones be like?

Analysts are expecting the next wave of iPhones to feature some major new upgrades, and they could be the biggest step forward since the iPhone X in 2017.

Rumours suggest as many as four new models in varying sizes (with screens of 5.4 and 6.7 inches, and two handsets measuring in at 6.1 inches).

The 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model are likely to be higher-end devices with triple-lens cameras, and if the rumours do come to pass, the former will be Apple's largest iPhone to date.

The 5.4 and the other 6.1-inch model are likely to be cheaper, lower-end phones with dual-lens cameras.

Regardless of screen size, all models are expected to offer crystal clear displays, featuring OLED display technology usually reserved for high-end television.

A smoother 120Hz "ProMotion" refresh rate is also rumoured in the more expensive models, although insiders note this could be pushed back to 2021, as the feature is likely to heavily impact battery life.

What features will they have?

Rumors suggest a new TrueDepth camera system will cut down on the size of the notch on the front of each new phone, although experts are quick to point out that not all of the new models may feature a smaller notch.

Then there are the rumours of a 3D triple-lens rear camera system that uses a laser to calculate depth information, though this feature is likely to be limited to the higher-end models.

The new iPhones will also be the first to connect to 5G networks , with Apple introducing connectivity to the range for the first time.

According to rumors, all of the iPhones in the iPhone 12 lineup will feature 5G connectivity.

Apple reportedly has no plans to include a power adaptor or EarPods with the iPhone 12 models, citing a need to cut down on production costs and packaging.

These will be available to be purchased separately (of course).

Charging cable nerds may be glad to know the USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, with rumours suggesting a new, braided cable design.

What specs will they have?

The new models are expected to use an Apple-designed 5-nanometer A14 chip, which should bring both speed and efficiency and help improve battery life.

These tweaks to power consumption could be needed, as 5G connections use additional battery.

What will they look like?

Rumours suggest the new iPhones will feature a stainless steel, 'metal frame' design similar to that of 2010's iPhone 4.

This means they will do away with the curved edges seen on currently iPhone models in favour of a sharper look.

In terms of colours, one rumour suggests that at least one of the new models could come in a never before seen navy blue finish.

Other rumours claim light blue, violet, and light orange, among other colours, will be available.

What will the new iPhone be called?

Will the next iPhone even be the iPhone 12?

The answer: probably.

While there's no confirmation as yet, if Apple follows the naming patterns they've set out in recent years, we can reasonably expect the next iPhone to be called the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max.

How much will they cost?

Rumours have suggested iPhone 12 pricing will start at $749 (£593) for the 5.4-inch model

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 could start at $799 (£633) or $849 (£681).

However, speculation that Apple could start to make use of a new battery board in the iPhone 12 that is around half as cheap as the component in the iPhone 11 has led many to believe the price the end user pays could be reduced.

When will it be released?

Apple’s new devices are usually announced around September/October, however, there was no sign of the iPhone 12 at its Time Flies event on Tuesday 15 September.

According to reports, the new device will be launched at an event in October.

Apple previously confirmed that the reveal and release of its next wave of phones would be delayed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri warned shareholders that sales of its next handset won't be included in its next financial quarter, which runs until late September, during a prior earnings call.

“Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect supply to be available a few weeks later,” he said.