We’re expecting four new phones from Apple this year, with the actual, larger 6.1-inch iPhone 12 only part of the story. The iPhone 12 release date is expected to be 23 October, with pre-orders going live on 16 October. The phones will be revealed in an event on 13 October.
There will be two Pro phones as before, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both will be slightly bigger – the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro will become the a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro while the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max will become the a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Some rumours peg a couple of the devices – iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max – as launching later than October, potentially with a release on 20 November with pre-orders a week before that on 13 November. The recent iPad mini announcement showed that Apple still isn’t afraid of announcing devices it will ship at a later date.
New in the range will be the addition of a smaller device, which we expect to be called the iPhone 12 mini. This will fulfill the demand for a smaller phone that we’ve seen with the iPhone SE (2nd generation) but with the addition of Face ID. And, while the iPhone SE is 4.7-inches, the iPhone 12 mini is a 5.4-inch device.
According to rumors, storage sizes start at 64GB for the iPhone 12 mini and 128GB for the other devices. All the new iPhone 12 series handsets are rumored to have OLED displays and be 5G phones.
A couple of leakers have published USD prices for the devices on Twitter and, as you’ll see they’re not that different from the iPhone 11 series pricing. However, they do suggest that the base-level iPhone 12 will be $50 more expensive than the iPhone 11 was, which does seem likely.
Remember we believe these will be 5G phones. And the iPhone 11 was quite well-priced for a flagship handset, so the iPhone 12 looks set to continue that trend. We also think the new phones will have a wireless charger that magnetically attaches – dubbed MagSafe, just like the old power connection on the Mac.
The iPhone 12 mini is well priced for the hardware you’ll get and, given that and the subsequent reduction in price of the iPhone 11, we may well see the end of the iPhone XR as a result.
An additional leak suggests that the iPhone 12 mini and standard iPhone 12 will in fact cost $50 more each than the listing below, so they would start at $699 and $799 instead.
iPhone 12 mini rumored price
64GB – $649
128GB – $699
256GB – $799
iPhone 12 rumored price
64GB – $749
128GB – $799
256GB – $899
iPhone 12 Pro rumored price
128GB – $999
256GB – $1099
512GB – $1299
iPhone 12 Max rumored price
128GB – $1099
256GB – $1199
512GB – $1399
We believe no iPhone 12 handsets will come with earbuds or a charger, though there will be a USB-A to Lightning cable. Reportedly the cable is more durable than before.