08/09 Update below. This post was originally published on August 6th
iPhone 12 surprises keep coming (both good news, bad news and unexpected twists), but now we know probably the biggest problem with Apple’s new iPhone.
Mysterious industry insider Mr Z. White ‘has continued his impressive record of leaking Apple devices, revealing the chassis for the upcoming iPhone 12. While this confirms the range movement in a nicer new design, he also confirms that Face The ID will be the same size and, as a result, the large level introduced with the iPhone X in 2017 will not be smaller in 2020.
08/08 Update: a further image of an iPhone 12 Pro display panel prototype now leaked and, unfortunately, it also seems that Apple is staying with the highest level in its Pro models as well. The chassis confirms again the angular model that Apple will present for the range, which is influenced by both the iPhone 4 and the current formation of the iPad Pro. That said, with Apple also now everything but safe for him gap gap refresh rates on all iPhone 12 models, the iPhone 12 Pro editions, in particular, are losing their luster. Especially considering them significantly higher prices. Given this new image coming out is a prototype, there may be some hope that Apple has made a later, more ambitious change to the latest iPhone 12 models but the signs are not seeing well.
08/09 Update: Further components of the iPhone 12 are now leaking as models enter mass production. As a result, the Apple JinStore retailer has now achieved images of Apple A14 chipset, which is sure to give a big step in performance. The A14 will also be Apple’s first 5 nm chip, which will bring greater energy efficiency (needed with it those smaller batteries), especially when multitasking. With the other features of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro falling far to the side of the road as we approach release, a very heavy weight will be placed on the A14 to fade and it looks like it will. The A14 is not the kind of alluring feature that Apple usually likes to sell its iPhones, especially with the A13 in the iPhone 11 range and the iPhone SE already well ahead of the competition, but expect the company to break with tradition in 2020.
Apple was widely expected to reduce the level of the iPhone 12 and almost every presenter indicated that this would result in a significantly better design. Moreover, with recent leaks also revealing that Apple will raise prices while also reducing battery capacity, the company’s decision to stay at the same level for the fourth consecutive generation may be a break in deals for some potential improvers.
That said, for level haters, there are still some reasons for optimism. While Mr. White did not reveal which model of iPhone 12 the chassis was from, it appears to be the new phone with the entry level 5.4 inches. So it is possible that Apple plans to introduce a smaller scale with the more expensive iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Beyond that, however, compelling reasons for improvement remain. Notably, all iPhone 12 models will come with 5G (albeit different versions), a multi-generation performance jump, a wider range of screen sizes and faster charging (potentially magnetic). The Pro models will also add some radical new camera technologies.
All of this leaves users at a crossroads. At least when Apple officially delays the release of the iPhone 12 and the possibility of a split launch increases, you will have more time to make up your mind.
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