This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
After the surprise announcement of Apple's proprietary Apple Silicon transition to Macs, interest in the next flagship iPhone 12(tentative) series is gradually returning in early July. We've heard rumors of cost-cutting measures, such as the elimination of the wired earphones included in the device, while the specifications are richer with 5G support.
We've got a roundup of the latest Apple rumors, from reports that some models of the iPhone 12(tentative) may be delayed to October for final assembly to the arrival of the iPad Pro with mini-LEDs.
There has been a recent spate of rumors that the iPhone 12 will not come with a charging adapter. Famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly supported that theory as well. He also said no EarPods, which raises the possibility that "the new iPhone will only ship with a charging cable".
The reason, according to Kuo, is that Apple will continue to sell the iPhone 12 at a price similar to the iPhone 11. The expected increase in the cost of the iPhone 12 with 5G support and other new hardware elements (see below) will be offset by reducing the number of accessories included in the package. In addition, the package size will be significantly smaller, which will reduce shipping costs and make the iPhone 12 more environmentally friendly, which is strictly required by the EU.
A new 20W charging adapter will be sold separately to go with it, while the current product's 5W and 18W The charger will be discontinued. If the 20W adapter costs about the same as the 18W version, which is about 2,800 yen (excluding tax), some believe it won't be too much of a burden compared to the price of the iPhone itself.
Just in time, there are reports that Apple is sending out surveys in some countries to "recently replaced iPhones" to find out how they got rid of the USB chargers they previously had. They may be in the process of reviewing the responses to the questions "sold or given away with the iPhone" and "still using it at home" to determine the final package configuration.
Once again, this is a prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst known for his insider information on Apple.
Kuo also mentioned the prospect of a "10.8-inch iPad" in May. However, whether it will be the successor to the 10.2-inch iPad (entry-level) or the 10.5-inch iPad Air has not been identified. By the way, the recent entry-level iPad is available in a new size, from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches, while the iPad Air (2019) was largely diverted from the iPad Pro (2017) components.
On the other hand, his previous prediction for the new iPad mini was that the size would be "8.5 or "9 inches", recent estimates have been more accurate at 8.5 inches. We expect that they will probably take the approach of making the display larger by narrowing the bezel around the screen. At 9 inches, it's close to the 9.7-inch size of the old iPad, so 8.5 inches may be the upper limit of what can be called a "mini".
Both new iPad models will also include a 20-watt charging adapter, which is expected to be sold separately in the iPhone 12. The iPhone, which has a large percentage of replacement demand due to new models coming out at the same time every year, and the iPad, which doesn't get to that point, could be a different decision.
Various new elements are expected for the Pro model of the iPhone 12. One of them is a rumor that we might be able to expect a new camera mode.
According to EveryThingApplePro and Max Weinbach, who are familiar with the leaked information, 120fps and 240fps 4K video recording modes may be available on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max (both tentative). They said they found out from analyzing the iOS 14 beta for developers, which was released just a few days ago and has been confirmed by sources within Apple.
Another new element that Weinbach expects to see is the use of a 120Hz ProMotion display, just like the iPad Pro (2017 and later). If it happens, not only will it be able to play 120fps/4K video, but the refresh rate, which is double that of the current iPhone (60Hz), should also contribute to quick and comfortable response.
However, display specialist analyst Ross Young has once again expressed his theory that there is no way the iPhone 2020 model will have a 120Hz display.
Previously, he argued that LTPO technology, a mechanism that can save power with a variable refresh rate from 1 to 120 Hz, was necessary to achieve this in the iPhone 12, but as of 2020, only Samsung can use it in its smartphones. As for the iPhone, the claim was that it won't be feasible until 2021.
And this time, he tweeted that none of his sources (presumably display industry supply chain sources) could corroborate the 120Hz feature, and he removed the iPhone 12 Pro model from the official DSCC list of smartphones with a rumored 120Hz screen in 2020, of which he is CEO.
The DSCC list is riddled with Chinese companies such as ASUS' ROG Phone series, Google's Pixel 5(tentative) (the current Pixel 4 series delivers 90Hz), and ZTE from Xiaomi, showing that the bar for 120Hz display is nowhere near as high as it used to be. Nevertheless, LTPO inclusion may be essential for the latest models to carry over the battery life that was also emphasized in the iPhone 11 series.
In previous years, the new iPhone is announced in September and released a week later or in October or early November at the latest. Rumors of a production schedule that may be too late for such a precedent are reported by Nikkei Asian Review.
The cause of this is still considered to be the spread of the new coronavirus. Earlier this year, China's iPhone supply chain was threatened with disruption, and there were concerns that there would be delays in the mass production of the iPhone SE (2nd generation), which was still a rumor at the time. Although there were whispers of the cancellation of the announcement event, it has been released in April, which is in the range of expectations.
Apple is actively trying to reduce delays, so the worst-case scenario of postponing the launch until 2021 is likely to be avoided, but on the other hand, just in case, the company has asked its suppliers to produce more than 45 million iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and the new iPhone SE in the second half of 2020. All of these are also "low-cost and high-performance" models, and they may also be preparing for the "downgrade of consumption" (consumers compromising on cheaper models than higher-end models), which was a concern with the strong sales of the new iPhone SE.
About a year after the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020) was introduced in March of this year, rumors that its successor with a mini-LED display is on the way are almost a theory. In the midst of all this, DigiTimes reports that a Taiwanese supply chain has begun receiving orders for mini-LED-related components.
A mini-LED display replaces conventional LCD screen backlighting with mini-LEDs. The mini-LED backlighting system turns off the lights in each area, resulting in excellent contrast and a high degree of detail. The technology is expected to enable dynamic range, as well as power savings and thin and light product design.
The next iPad Pro is rumored to have 5G support and the A14X (tentatively), two generations later than the current A12Z model. The iPad Pro (2018) was claimed to be "faster than 92% of laptops on the market", but we're also curious to see how it will compete for speed with future Macs, which will also be powered by the Arm-based Apple Silicon.
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