iPhone 12 rumors: 5.4-inch model to be named ‘iPhone 12 mini’, Pro models start at 128 GB

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 09/29/20: Prominent leaker Jon Prosser tweeted about iPhone 12 shipments, including some dates and storage capacities.

iPhone 12 ship dates and storage capacities

Jon Prosser, who has a fairly good record with iPhone leaks, has tweeted out a few new details of the upcoming iPhones. According to the tweets, the regular iPhones will carry the name “iPhone 12 mini” (for the 5.4-inch model) and “iPhone 12” (for the 6.1-inch model). They will come in capacities of 64/128/256GB and start heading out to distributors on October 5.

Prosser says the iPhone 12 event will be held on October 13, which means that orders will probably open up right afterward with deliveries starting that Friday, October 16, similar to the timeframe of the new Apple Watch series 6.

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A follow-up tweet mentions that the higher-end models, called iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will start with capacities of 128GB. That’s a welcome improvement over the iPhone 11 Pro. Prosser notes that the shipping dates he has are only for the iPhone 12 (non-Pro), so the Pro models are probably going to ship at a later date.

No 120Hz display, smaller notch on 5.4-inch iPhone 12

Well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is frequently accurate in leaks about upcoming iPhones, particularly once they reach the stage where Apple’s supply chain begins making parts for it. According to MacRumors, Kuo has issued a new report stating that none of this year’s iPhone 12 models will feature 120Hz displays. The issue is apparently concern over battery life—we may see 120Hz displays on iPhones in 2021 when Apple moves to a more power-efficient display technology.

Kuo also notes that the iPhone 12 models will have a notch the same size as those on the iPhone 11, with one exception: the smallest iPhone 12, with a 5.4-inch display, will have a slightly smaller notch. This is necessary to leave enough display room on either side of it for the usual information (time, signal strength, battery, etc.). 

mmWave 5G only on the iPhone 12 Pro Max

A new report from Fast Company, citing “a wireless industry source,” says that only the largest and most expensive iPhone 12 model—the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max—will support millimeter-wave 5G. All the iPhone 12 models will support 5G in the sub-6GHz spectrum. The source says only the largest phone has the size necessary for the antenna array used in mmWave and the larger battery necessary to offset the increased power draw it requires.