Apple’s iPhone 12 line-up you make you very excited indeed. It’s the company’s biggest iPhone overhaul in generations. But there’s one problem and, with what we have now learned, it’s getting worse.
Apple’s 2020 iPhones have a design problem. While internally they pack a series of radical upgrades, on the outside they are set to look depressingly familiar. And now respected Japanese site Mac Otakara has revealed the new models may be even more familiar than anyone wanted while also making one surprising change that will raise concerns.
Citing information from a Chinese Apple supplier, Mac Otakara reiterates what we know: that the iPhone 12 range will similar to the iPhone 11 series and, by extension, the iPhone XS line-up and iPhone X. But Mac Otakara goes further, revealing the new iPhones’ bezels will be largely unchanged as well (despite rivals going further) while they will also become thinner, a reversal of the company’s recent trend of adding thickness to increase battery capacity.
Mac Otakara’s source also confirms Apple’s premium models are getting bigger. The 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro will be replaced by a larger 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro with the successor to the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max’s steps up to 6.7-inches. Both phones will be “slightly longer” than their predecessors with the latter 10% thinner at 7.4mm. With power-sucking 5G in all models, this raises some concern.
Mac Otakara also reports that Apple will deliver two midrange iPhone 12 models (not to be confused with the iPhone SE2) which will be 5.4-inches and 6.1-inches. The former is described as being smaller than the iPhone 8, due to its significantly smaller bezels, something Apple would not have wanted to get out with the iPhone 8-inspired SE2 coming soon. Both midrangers will have dual cameras like the iPhone 11, but see a jump from LCD to OLED displays.
The Good News
While the similarity of the iPhone 12 range to past designs and the reduction in thickness will raise concerns, Mac Otakara does say they will be tweaked to come in line with the design language of iPad Pro. This means sharper, flatter edges, which have long been requested by Apple fans seeking a return to the feel of the iPhone 4.
Moreover, the exterior of Apple’s new iPhones should pale into insignificance when coupled with the other hotly tipped upgrades tipped for the line-up. These include a long-range 3D primary camera, new 120Hz iPhone ProMotion displays, performance which could match the Macbook Pro and even an in-display Touch ID fingerprint reader to work alongside Face ID. Which of these features will hit the midrange models, however, remains to be seen.
In the meantime, if you can’t wait to upgrade then remember there’s no need to pay full price for the current iPhone 11 range as there are several big deals available. These are my top picks:
Gordon’s Top Apple Daily Deals:
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max – Get up to $700 on these Apple devices with port-in to a new line activation on an eligible Unlimited plan – Target – shop deals now
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – Up to $300 gift card with qualified activation on Verizon and AT&T – Walmart – shop deal now
- AirPods with Charging Case – (typically $159.99) – Amazon: $129 / Walmart: $129
- AirPods with Wireless Charging Case – (typically $199.99) – Amazon: $169 / Walmart: $169