This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple has announced a special event. The date is October 13. This comes about a month after the last event where the fourth-generation iPad Air and the new Apple Watch were revealed.
This time, the next flagship iPhone 12 series is sure to be announced. The breakdown is probably more than the previous year's iPhone 11 series with a total of four models in three different screen sizes. Two of them are expected to be 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch entry-level models with two rear cameras, and two more expensive Pro models with three rear cameras, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch.
Naming the high-end devices "Pro" follows the precedent set by the previous year's iPhone 11 series, and it's in line with the rule from the year before that larger models should be named "Max" and relatively inexpensive entry-level models should be without the suffix.
And the "mini" is a first for the iPhone, which was also seen on the iPad mini and Mac mini. It's smaller than the mid-sized iPhone 12/12 Pro, and it should be easy to see how the "largest and smallest" is paired with the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
All models support 5G, but differentiated by model and region?
The prediction that all models in the iPhone 12 series will support 5G has been out since the end of 2019. With the settlement with Qualcomm, there is no longer any concern about 5G modem procurement, and it is expected to be powered by the most advanced chip, the X55.
However, although 5G is spreading around the world, there are still disparities in the state of infrastructure development between regions. For this reason, there are two schools of thought: "Differentiate 5G support for each model" and "Introduce different models in each region."
The 5G network can be broadly classified into two types: millimeter wave, which is fast but has a narrower range, and sub-6 (GHz), which is slower but has a wider range of coverage. And depending on the model, it is expected that the former will be reduced.
Interestingly, the Fast Company article's theory that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be millimeter-wave compatible.
The reason for this is that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max has the internal space to support the antenna design needed to implement millimeter-wave support, and large battery capacity to match the amount of power consumption.
It is also stated that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which will be sold in the US, South Korea, and Japan, will support millimeter waves. There's already a pretty compelling precedent for "physical dual-SIM for models sold in China only" starting with the 2018 iPhone XS/XS Max/XR.
On the other hand, some believe that the smallest model, the iPhone 12 mini, has "only 4G support without 5G".
On the other hand, the predictions surrounding whether the 120Hz display will be used in the Pro model of the iPhone 12 have changed quite a bit.
Whereas the previous iPhone screen refresh rate was 60Hz (60 times per second), 120Hz is twice as fast, and has already been used in the iPad Pro (2017) and later, called ProMotion technology, which underpins the smooth display and excellent tracking of the Apple Pencil. It's a specification that has already been used in other companies' smartphones, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 20, and was highly anticipated for the Pro model of the iPhone 12.
This is because 120Hz display requires LTPO technology (which underpins the Apple Watch Series 5's always-on lighting) to achieve a variable refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz (to save battery consumption). And Apple won't be able to implement LTPO until 2021.
After that, many people were inclined to believe that Apple was considering adopting 120Hz but decided not to do so for some reason.
LiDAR scanners project light onto an object and measure distance based on the time it takes for the reflected light to reach the sensor; the iPad Pro (2020) makes the AR app launch faster, more seamless, and more accurate by quickly recognizing the depth and shape of its surroundings.
The second prediction is improved autofocus and image stabilization.
The previous year's iPhone 11 Pro used a 5-element lens for the ultra-wide angle camera and a 6-element lens for the wide-angle and telephoto cameras. This means that with a 7-element lens, there's one more lens, so we can expect some improvement in still and video quality.
6GB of memory on the Pro models, 4GB on the entry-level models
All three models in the iPhone 11 series had 4GB of memory, but this year, the Pro models are expected to have 6GB and the entry-level models are expected to have 4GB.
This was suggested in a tweet by numerous accomplished leaker L0vetodream. He didn't provide any particular evidence, however, it has been proven that no matter how good the iPhone's A-series chip performance is, low memory can easily affect the experience of using apps because of the frequent reloading of files.
Subsequently, the benchmark results, purportedly from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, also showed a figure of 6GB of onboard memory.
While there are many rumors about pricing, at the time of writing, the most common estimates are that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will start at $749 (a $50 increase over the iPhone 11) and the 5.4-inch iPhone mini will start at $649.
Some have said that the original Apple Lightning cable so far will break after a few months, and if it's going to be tough, it's likely to be welcomed without a charger.
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