Written by Anagha H | Updated: August 23, 2020 9:26:02 pm

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused global unprecedented delays in most industries- manufacturing, entertainment, music, and so on. Nearly every single launch slated for 2020 has been deferred, canceled, or forced to go online. Sadly, the release of the much anticipated iPhone 12 series this year is no different.

Apple has routinely released most of its iPhone products annually during the month of September, but in light of the pandemic and its expansive effects, the iPhone 12’s turnout might just get pushed back by a few weeks, forcing it to go to the market during mid-October, as most sources agree. But if the rumors are any indication, the wait will be very much worth it:

Sizes and Models

Thanks to leaks by insiders, speculators everywhere have strong reason to believe that there’ll be four models: the ‘premium mid-range’ models, likely sporting aluminum frames, which are a 5.4 inch iPhone 12 (being the smallest of Apple’s phones since its iPhone SE) and a 6.1 inch iPhone Max, and the stainless steel framed higher-end range, which include a 6.1 inch iPhone 12 Pro and a 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

New Features

All four models are shifting to OLED displays and will support 5G connectivity, but whether they will execute this with Qualcomm’s X55 modem chip or its more propitious chip, the X60, is still being debated, though it is more likely that the former will be seen in action. They will endorse thinner bezels and enhanced cameras with larger sensors. The company is set to introduce dual cameras in their entry models (a first for Apple) and triple cameras in the latter two.

The Pro models will potentially exhibit the AR-augmenting LiDAR sensors that Apple rolled out in their iPad Pro, a highly awaited add-on that users are looking forward to. Apple might also insert Navy Blue to its existing cover color gambit after the popular publishing of its Midnight-Green iPhone 11. Possibly the most exciting aspect is the new 5nm A14 Bionic chipset that is said to establish an immaculate and seamless performance for all its customers. This will be crucial given what Apple is missing out on in its iPhone 12 series.

What’s Missing

Hotly contested whispers claim that one of the main reasons Apple has delayed its upcoming launch is because it was trying to figure out how to include the long-sought 120 Hz refresh rate for its display (ProMotion) without compounding its battery life. They have crudely been ended. It seems like the 60Hz display is here to stay in the imminent series.

iPhone 12 models might also choose to forgo they traditionally included wired EarPods so as to achieve cost cuts and possibly drive up the demand for the scheduled promotion of AirPods. Obstinately sticking to Lightning ports instead of shifting to USB-C ports, Apple has instead provided a pretty Lightning to USB-C braided cable. Maybe that could distract frustrated buyers who were hoping for an upgrade to USB-C ports.

The earlier rumors that the lower-end models might have 128GB have been squashed. They will substantially open with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB alternatives and the Pro models will promote 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. Similarly, gossip that Apple might do away with its large notches may seem unfounded, but not entirely. They’re said to be reducing the notch size by 1/3rd its original size. Hoorah! I guess? It’s the small victories that count, anyway.

The biggest setback that Apple will have to fight is the compact batteries accented in its iPhone 12 lineup. They will be smaller than that of the iPhone 11 roster. The provision of 5G in their devices now will only compound iPhones’ notorious battery lives, so this is something they’ll have to workaround.

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The biggest win is the remarkably cheaper prices of this listing. Reports profess that the iPhone 12 will start at $649 ($50 cheaper than its predecessor), the iPhone 12 Max at $749, the iPhone 12 Pro at $999, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1099.

With a few (understandable) touch-and-goes, a tally of compelling futuristic features, and fortuitous pocket-friendly costs, the market and its buyers are looking at a promising dispatch with the iPhone 12 series. Let’s hope we get to see it issue by the end of October!

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