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Apple iPhone 12: News, rumours and features

What's in store for Apple's iPhone line in 2020, and which features do we hope to see?

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Every year since 2007, Apple's released a new iteration of its iPhone line of smartphones. Every year, Apple tries to keep as tight a lid as possible on its future smartphone plans, although this is clearly also part of its marketing strategy to try to create as much hype around the most valuable part of its business as possible.

Apple's tried its best to keep the iPhone 12 family under wraps in 2020, but there's been an emerging picture of what's likely to come out of Cupertino towards the end of the year.

Design

  • High refresh rates possible -- but could lead to launch delays
  • Multiple phone sizes
  • Possible Navy Blue iPhone
  • Higher refresh rates also likely

Camera

  • Triple lens camera with LIDAR expected
  • Dual lens cameras on the cheaper iPhones

Performance

  • A14 Processor likely to continue Apple's silicon lead
  • 5G expected across all iPhones

Battery life

  • Smaller batteries -- but is that in size or capacity?
  • 5G could be a real battery killer

Early outlook

  • Apple's still playing catchup, so we'd like to see something smart and new

Pricing and availability

  • They won't be cheap
  • Possible announcement in September, but availability may be delayed

Apple won't comment on rumour or speculation, and its Australian representatives aren't even allowed to.

Typically the company announces and launches new flagship phones in September each year. It's feasible that this may still be the case for the announcement phase, but the logistical realities of the Coronavirus pandemic have thrown a lot of doubt about whether we'll see actual on-sale devices before October or November.

If the rumours around display tech pan out, it's possible Apple might bring the cheaper iPhone 12 models with 60Hz displays to market first, with the 120Hz iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max hitting store shelves a month or so later.

As to what they'll cost, you can expect that they won't be cheap. 2019's iPhone 11 pricing is as good a guide as any, so expect around $1,199 for the lowest-end iPhone 12 model, and up to (or maybe more than) $2,499 for the top-spec Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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