We are still seven months away from the launch of the next generation of Apple iPhones, but the rumour mill has been working extra time recently. With iPhones being one of the highly anticipated launches every year, rumours start pouring in from the start of the year itself, and this time is no different. From the nomenclature of the next smartphones to key specifications, almost everything has been speculated so far. If you're wondering what to expect from the 2020 iPhones, here's a roundup of everything we know so far.
When Apple launched the iPhone X, there were some questions as to how the brand would name its products going forward. After the iPhone XS, Apple decided to simplify the naming convention by launching its 2019 lineup as the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro 11 Max (review). There's some doubt as to whether this year's iPhones will be called 11S, if Apple's naming convention track record is of any indication. However, there are several rumours that the Cupertino-based brand is ditching the 'S' series this year as the upgrades are pretty significant. Therefore, we can expect Apple to use the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max naming convention for 2020.
Design and display
If the rumour mill is to be believed, the Apple iPhone 12 series' design will take a leaf out of the iPhone 4. According to speculations, the new iPhones will have a square-edged stainless steel frame like the older iPhone 4, instead of the current rounded frame. According to the popular Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, the brand might opt for a more complex segmentation design and new trenching and injection moulding procedures for the new design. It's said that injection moulding will reduce the interference with high-frequency transmission efficiency of the internal antenna by metal shielding. According to Kuo, Apple might use sapphire or tempered glass to protect the grooves in the frame and wider antenna lines for better signals.
As for display sizes, rumours suggest that Apple will launch four iPhone models this year. Rumours are rife that Apple will launch a 5.4-inch, a 6.7-inch, and two 6.1-inch iPhones this year. Of these, the 5.4-inch variant and a 6.1-inch model will be mid-range offerings, while the other two will be high-end models. Coming to display panels, Apple is expected to offer an OLED screen on all iPhones this year. Notably, the affordable variant usually comes with an LCD screen, but not this year. There are also rumours that Apple might bring the ProMotion technology from iPad Pro to iPhones this year. For the uninitiated, the ProMotion technology lets users switch between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates.
Specifications and hardware
As for the core specifications, nothing much is known, unfortunately. We do know that new iPhones will use Apple's latest Bionic A14 chipset. Reports suggest that the A14 chipset will be one of the first chipsets to utilise TSMC's 5nm fabrication process. Notably, the 5nm processors are expected to be smaller, faster, and more battery efficient. As for the RAM, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis suggest that lower-end variants will feature 4-gigs of RAM, while top-end models will have 6GB RAM.
There are speculations that Apple will launch one iPhone with a smaller notch and one with no notch or Face ID this year. The former will have a smaller front camera lens and the latter is expected to come with a fingerprint scanner. Rumours suggest that Apple might use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm. We have seen similar biometrics on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and Galaxy Note 10. However, there are also conflicting reports that the iPhone with Face ID and an under-display fingerprint sensor will come in 2021, and not 2020.
There are also rumours that Apple might switch back to a Qualcomm processor this year to use the X55 modem and offer 5G connectivity on iPhones.
As for the cameras, there are speculations that the iPhone 12 will feature a dual-camera setup, while the Pro models will flaunt three cameras on the back, just like last year. Unfortunately, no other details of the camera setup are known yet. There are rumours that the higher-end iPhones might come with a laser-aided ToF 3D rear camera as well as image stabilization for the ultra-wide-angle lens. Unfortunately, not much is known beyond this at the moment.
We have long way to go before the launch of the upcoming iPhone 12 series and we can expect more details of the smartphones to be revealed over the coming months. As of now, it's advisable to take these details with a pinch of salt.