October 9 – “Kang,” an anonymous but proven Apple leaker, disclosed new device details and release date information on the iPhone 12 series. MacRumors notes tech insider Ice Universe uncovered Kang’s latest report, which is hosted on Chinese social network Weibo.
Kang’s iPhone 12 Lineup Disclosures
Kang’s post alleges that Apple’s iPhone 12s will have the following specifications, prices, and time zone dependent release dates.
The iPhone 12 Mini will be 5.4-inches, available in black, blue, green, red, and white, and 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage assortments. The device will also feature two cameras with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses. Consumers will be able to preorder the $699 device on November 6/7 ahead of its November 13/14 release date.
The iPhone 12 comes in the same colors, capacity options, and camera specs as its smaller counterpart. However, it has a 6.1-inch display and will cost $799. The handset’s presale is scheduled to begin on October 16/17 before its October 23/24 official launch.
Apple will offer the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro in blue, graphite, gold, and silver. Its storage varieties will be 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB and it comes equipped with 7P wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, and 52mm telephoto camera modules. The phone’s image capture system provides 4 times optical zoom. The smartphone starts at $999 and will have the same roll-out timing as the standard edition model.
Finally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen, a $1,099 starting price, and a lidar component. It has the same storage and color options as the Pro unit. The mobile device has three cameras with 7P wide-angle, super wide-angle, and 65mm telephoto lenses. Its main image sensor is 47 percent larger than the Pro, and its image capture system provides 5 times optical zoom.
Apple’s next-generation Max handset will be up for preorder on November 13/14 and available in stores on November 20/21.
Common Features and a New HomePod
Kang’s report also features a listing of characteristics that will be common across the iPhone 12 lineup. The series will have f1.6 apertures, Super Retina XDR displays, and a new impact-resistant ceramic substrate reinforced screen.
The line will possess Night Mode and Deep Fusion capability to let buyers take gorgeous photographs whenever they want. The handsets’ cameras are also Dolby Vision-enabled to extend their high dynamic range.
Most importantly, the iPhone 12 series will be compatible with high-speed 5G mobile data networks. Apple is introducing a new spectrum-related feature with the series to optimize device battery life. The lineups’ “Smart Data Mode” will switch the smartphone’s connection from 5G to 4G networks depending on its energy level.
Apple will be shipping its new smartphones sans earphones and chargers. But consumers will be able to buy “Magsafe” branded cases and charging accessories.
The corporation will also introduce a new 3.3-inch HomePod Mini at its October 13 event. The $99 smart speaker will be available for presale on November 6/7 ahead of its November 16/17 street date.
Unconfirmed, but Credible
As of this writing, Apple has not offered any pricing, technical specification, or availability information regarding its forthcoming iPhone lineup.
That said, Kang’s extensive leaks appear credible for a few reasons. One, AppleTrack states their past 45 advanced disclosures have a 97.8 percent accuracy rating. Two, the individual or group’s information aligns with past reports on the next Apple handsets that appeared in May and September.
Apple also declined to offer any details about its next flagship mobile device at its September 15 “Time Flies” event. The corporation reportedly held back announcements about its new smartphones because coronavirus related supply chain issues delayed their release.
Accordingly, it is a good bet CEO Tim Cook will use his folksy but authoritative voice to introduce the iPhone 12 series next week.