We’ll say it now: the iPhone 12 needs to be a huge change to Apple’s smartphone. The iPhone 11 range brought very little in terms of an upgrade. With new camera tweaks and some more power inside, they were modest updates to the popular iPhone range.
Other phones we expect to see in 2020:
So what will the next iPhone – the first of a new decade – bring? Is Apple going to give us a truly new iPhone instead of an incremental upgrade?
The good news is that in the build up to the iPhone 11 launch we heard lots of rumors and leaks of a much-altered iPhone. These include the possibility of a 5G iPhone model, new cameras, a new design, a supercharged screen… if all of those rumors were referring instead to the iPhone 12, it could prove to be the big upgrade we’re hoping (and waiting) for.
We’ve mixed together all the latest leaks and updates on the new iPhone in the article below, and added in some thoughts on what we’re expecting, based on well over a decade of monitoring the growing rumor mill around the latest iPhone…
Latest story: A leak suggests the iPhone 12 range might not have a new design after all. Plus, some iPhone 12 models could get a big RAM boost, along with thinner, cheaper and more energy-efficient screens.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The new iPhone from Apple
- When is it out? Almost certainly September
- What will it cost? We’re expecting well over $700 / £700 for the base model
iPhone 12 release date and price
There aren’t any official iPhone 12 release date rumors as yet, but come on – we’re almost certain that we know when it’ll appear. Apple launches its new phones almost metronomically, and while every year there’s a rumor of it changing, it’s always held to a similar time.
Firstly, the new iPhone release date will definitely be September 2020 – and it’s always around the second week. So we’re going to guess that we’ll see Apple unveil the iPhone 12 on 8 September (or possibly 15 September if it wants to hit a later on-sale date).
You’ll be able to pick it up 10 days after that, so you’ll need a Friday off work if you’re desperate to get your hands on one..
When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it’s likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 starts at $699 / £729 / AU$1,199, the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999 / £1,049 / AU$1,749, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099 / £1,149 / AU$1,899.
Having said that, one report suggests that the cost of materials for the iPhone 12 range might go up, which could mean even higher prices at retail.
iPhone 12 name
First things first: we’re pretty confident the 2020 Apple phones will be called the iPhone 12 series, not the 11S or similar thanks to an industry analyst (with a great track record) saying as such.
That’s why we’re calling it the iPhone 12, even though Apple hasn’t confirmed this name. Others might be calling it the iPhone 2020 or the ‘new iPhone’ – but we’re not thinking that will be the moniker Apple plumps for.