Big changes with iPhone 12 this fall


Rumors of a new and smaller edition and considerably more variants than today.

The iPhone design is not expected to change much in the 12s, except that there will be a significantly more compact version. Today’s regular iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 12 will start with 5.4-inch, while the Max version will correspond to today’s regular iPhone 11.

Apple’s iPhone 11 models came in three editions – the regular 11 model and two Pro versions, the largest of which has a giant screen of 6.5 inches. But it has still been a bit difficult to choose.

Later this year, there will apparently be four new iPhone 12 models, each of which can be available with and without 5G and with storage space that makes it easier to choose a phone without having to go for regular or Pro based on how much space you will have.

Pocketnow intercepted two Twitter messages from user @Komiya, where battery sizes, price and storage quantities are stated in detail. The messages seem to partially confirm previous rumors that this autumn’s iPhones will have 128 gigabytes of storage space and be available in a more compact 5.4-inch size.

However, this is only a partial confirmation of previous rumors that the storage volumes will start at 128 gigabytes. The latest information includes 64 gigabyte versions of the phones, but at the same time it contains versions with 128 gigabytes for all variants of the phone. Today, the storage ladder for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max goes as follows; 64 gigabytes, 256 gigabytes and 512 gigabytes, with a relatively large price jump between the two lowest options.

Thus, for many, it has been the regular iPhone 11 model with 128 gigabytes of storage that has been the best option in terms of price and storage volumes.

iPhone 12 5G iPhone 12 Max 5G iPhone 12 Pro 5G iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G
Screen size
5.4 inches 6.1 inches 6.1 inches 6.7 inches
Storage 64/128/256 GB 64/128/256 GB 128/256/512 GB 128/256/512 GB
Battery size 2227 mAh 2815 mAh 2775 mAh 3687 mAh
Price in dollars 699/749/849 799/849/949 1049/1149/1349 1149/1249/1449

Smaller iPhone
In early July, there were also rumors of a 5.4-inch iPhone 12. It is also mentioned with price and battery size in the twitter threads. Today’s iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch screen, and a 5.4-inch will probably be considerably more compact in the hand.

Today’s information says nothing about it, but previous rumors have it that the upcoming iPhones will get 120-hertz screens, similar to the top models from Samsung and OnePlus today.

It is not inconceivable that the 5.4-inch is the same phone that has repeatedly confused the rumor mill ahead of the iPhone SE launch earlier this year. For that model, rumors have been circulating for years, and they have alternated between mentioning a very compact iPhone X-like design and the design we actually got – in practice an overhaul of the iPhone 8.

Supports «new» type 5G
In terms of price, the models will start at 699 dollars and end up at a solid 1449 dollars for the largest 5G version of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In other words, the price ladder will be very similar to the one we know from before.

The rumor mill also says that these are maximum prices that include 5G. Variants of phones without 5G can be 50 to 100 dollars cheaper than stated in the price list.

A little extra bit of information in the twitter thread is that the iPhones will be a bit more expensive than previous rumors have mentioned. But there will be changes on the screen and 5G front. Apple is said to have switched screen suppliers from Samsung to BOA for the new series, and in addition, the 5G part of the phone will be expanded with support for the so-called millimeter wave. This is the fastest form of 5G, where you can imagine several gigabits in your pocket. But it is also the 5G variant with the shortest range, and a type of mobile connection that is best suited outdoors in areas with very many users.

Today, most 5G phones are on the so-called sub6 frequencies, ie below 6 gigahertz and not in the millimeter wave ranges which are from 28 gigahertz and up.

Can get significantly sharper camera
There have been rumors before about better camera stabilization and significantly larger camera chips. In the iPhone 11 models, Apple rolled out a proper night mode that works digitally to stabilize the photos you take when it’s dark. On top of that came the image processing Deep Fusion as an update later. It provided more detail when shooting in the dark.

The features work fine, and the iPhone 11 series are the first Apple mobiles to take pictures in much the same way as the Huawei P20 Pro did when this type of feature debuted two or three years ago.

But camera features almost always benefit from getting more light and information from the image sensor, and not all situations are «permanent» enough for you to take pictures of them for several seconds. On normal still images without a long exposure time, larger sensor and better stabilization.