Details on the new models come from Jon Prosser:
Prototyping for iPhone 12 devices is just about finalised! Final details line up pretty well with what Kuo said last year! Expect to see CAD renders of the devices within the next month or two from your favorite leakers! Now let’s see if Apple can get them out by EOY!
The information details four potential models in the iPhone 12 family.
Two models of the iPhone 12 are listed, one with a 5.4 inch screen, one with a 6.1 inch screen. Next is the iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1 inch screen. Finally the iPhone 12 Pro Max will sport a 6.7 inch screen. The latter two models come with a 3 camera setup plus a Lidar sensor in a stainless steel body. The two former handsets come with aluminium bodies and two cameras.
The 6.1 inch iPhone 12, the 6.1 inch iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro Max all follow the pattern of last year’s iPhone 11 family. The addition of the Lidar sensor will follow its inclusion in the iPad Pro launched last month – especially as that same Lidar sensor is a natural fit for the current iPhone design of the camera island.
It’s the fourth model at the lowest end that is of most interest.
The first thought is this is the 2020 version of the iPhone SE. Unfortunately the heavily rumored specs don’t match up the information here – Apple’s return to the SE brand is expected to have a 4.7 inch screen, a single camera, and the A13 chip that matches the iPhone 11 family.
Would Apple launch an iPhone SE in April, only to supersede it in September? I wouldn’t expect so, but it’s something that should’t be discounted immediately. It could also be a replacement for the older iPhone XR, which is still available at $599 (a price that sits nicely between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11).
But Apple has always been perceived as a company with high hardware prices. That allows the handsets to be built with high specifications, to keep margins high, and to retain the marketing aura of the iPhone.
What does that mean for the two iPhone 12 models here? I personally think that the 5.4 inch iPhone 12 will be the base model, matching the $699 iPhone 11. With the iPhone 11 Pro priced at $999 Apple can easily slot the larger 6.1 inch iPhone 12 at $849.
Think of it as the ‘max’ model of the iPhone 12, offering equivalence to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Apple’s usual schedule would see the new iPhone family announced in early September with availability by the end of the month. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on supply lines, retail sales, and the economy may see that schedule altered or delayed. The 2020 edition of the iPhone SE is expected later this month.