iPhone 12 rumors: Lightning sticking around for at least another year

Reports about what will be in the 2020 iPhones are hitting the wire. We’ve compiled the most notable ones here, but take these with a big grain of salt. Even if these reports are accurate representations of what suppliers are saying, or come from moles within Apple itself, the company’s plans can and do change. There’s still plenty of time before the design and features have to be totally set in stone.

Update 05/26/20: It looks like Lightning will be sticking around after Twitter user @choco_bit shared some information about Apple’s plans.

No USB-C for this year’s lineup

Ever since Apple introduced a USB-C port with the 2018 iPad Pro refresh, we’re been waiting for the iPhone to follow suit, eliminating the proprietary and somewhat limiting Lightning port once and for all. According to Twitter user @choco_bit, who previously leaked details about a smaller notch and LiDAR sensor in the iPhone 12, that won’t be the case. As they write: “Shame the USB-c prototype iPhone 12’s arent making it to production. 1 more year of lightning [sic].” So it seems that while Apple has explored USB-C, it will be sticking with the same connector it’s used since the iPhone 5.

Possible specifications for the iPhone 12 lineup

The iPhone 12 rumor mill is heating up. Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser released a video on Monday morning with specifications on the upcoming iPhones. There are four models that will use Apple’s A14 processor and support 5G. Here are the specs Prosser is reporting.

  iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Max
Prices $649, $749 $749, $849
Display size 5.4-inches 6.1-inches
Display tech OLED Super Retina OLED Super Retina
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera dual camera dual camera
Body aluminum aluminum
  iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Prices $999, $1,099, $1,299 $1,099, $1,199, $1,399
Display size 6.1-inches 6.7-inches
Display tech OLED Super Retina XDR
10-bit color
OLED Super Retina XDR
10-bit color
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Rear camera triple camera and LiDAR triple camera and LiDAR
Body stainless steel stainless steel

As for that ProMotion display on the high-end iPhones listed above, EverythingApplePro posted a video on Sunday with a report from Max Weinbach that said that the 120Hz refresh rate is coming this year. The displays could have the ability to switch down to 60Hz when the display isn’t very active in order to save battery life. The report also says the battery will be bigger on the Pro models. The front notch will be smaller, with Face ID supporting a wider angle.

EverythingApplePro also says that the Pro cameras will still be at 12 megapixels, but have a bunch of improvements, including faster autofocus, improved low-light performance, more accurate portait mode, 3x optical zoom on the telephoto lens, and more. The phone’s microphone will have improved audio zoom and more precise beam forming.

October launch possibly confirmed

After conflicting rumors about production delays, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the iPhone 12 will indeed arrive later than usual this year. Sources told the publication that the pandemic has weakened global consumer demand and disrupted manufacturing across Asia, which should delay the new phone by “about a month,” bringing it into October rather than its usual September timeslot. However, Apple has previously delayed iPhone on-sale dates due to production issues, most recently with the iPhone XR releasing in late October.

The pandemic has already shifted Apple’s spring release plans, with a purported March event being canceled and the iPad Pro and iPhone SE receiving quite unveilings. Apple’s WWDC is still due to be held in June but will have “an all-new online format.” The Journal confirmed reports that Apple will be launching four new iPhone models this year with 5G support.