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Next year's iPhones will reportedly be Apple's first to support 5G networking. At least one model will support 5G — and possibly all iPhones coming out in 2020 will be able to take advantage of the faster networking standard. Other reports point to an all-new iPhone 12 design that kills the notch, in-display Touch ID functionality and at least two new sizes.
It's still very early, and much can change between now and the fall of 2020. Still, there are plenty of leaks already out there. Here's what the rumor mill is saying about the new iPhone 12.
Latest iPhone 12 rumors (updated Dec. 16)
The iPhone 12 line may be slightly more expensive across the board — perhaps by $50 or more — than their predecessors, according to the latest insights from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The iPhone 12 will likely feature a larger battery, according to a new report, because the battery protection circuits will be smaller in the new iPhone.
Apple will reportedly release five new iPhones in 2020, according to a report from Ming Chi Kuo. Kuo predicts a 4.7-inch iPhone SE 2 will debut in the first half of next year, and four iPhone 12 models with 5G will launch next fall.
iPhone 12 release date
The iPhone 11 lineup debuted at an Apple press event Sept. 10, so it stands to reason that the new iPhone 12 will follow in September 2020. (Here's a tip: keep the second week of September free and don't forget to account for Labor Day if you want to guess the specific announcement date.)
iPhone 12 design: Death for the notch?
The notch that's become so familiar since Apple introduced it on the iPhone X could be on its way out for the 2020 iPhone. A China Times report says Apple is ready to move away from the notch, and while a Credit Suisse analyst says that will happen by 2021, the first notch-free iPhone in a long while could arrive by 2020.
Benjamin Geskin, who comes up with a lot of phone renders based on leaks and rumors, has put out a render of a 6.7-inch iPhone that drops the notch and instead houses the iPhone's TrueDepth camera components inside a thin bezel. Geskin tweeted that this is a prototype for a 2020 iPhone model. In a subsequent tweet, Geskin said Apple's testing out Face ID prototypes that feature components capable of fitting in the phone's top bezel, though there's no source attributed to that claim.
iPhone 12: How many models?
Most of what we know about the new iPhone 12 thus far comes courtesy of a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who forecasts four different iPhone 12 models on tap for 2020: one at 5.4 inches, two at 6.1 inches and the largest variant measuring 6.7 inches.
iPhone 12 cameras
Given that the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max feature triple-lens rear cameras for the first time in Apple's hardware, we expect that to continue for the 2020 versions of the Pro iPhones. It’s also widely expected that the new iPhone 12 will add a new lens — a time-of-flight sensor. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects such an addition to at least two iPhone 12 models.
A time-of-flight sensor can more accurately judge distances. That helps create better bokeh effects on portrait shots. It also means the iPhone 12 will be in a better position to support augmented reality apps, which have been an increasing area of focus at Apple in recent years. A new report, which highlights 3D camera sensors echoes this claim.
Kuo’s report echoes a Bloomberg article from January that claimed Apple could introduce depth-sensing time-of-flight cameras on its 2020 roster, capable of scanning entire rooms.
Based on a patent filing, Apple is also working on a periscope-like telephoto lens that should provide a longer zoom range than previous iPhones. Apple is apparently trying to fit five-lens and three-lens arrays into a smaller space by using a prism to reflect light.
iPhone 12 Touch ID in display
Apple could bring Touch ID back in a big way in 2020 by enabling fingerprint recognition anywhere on the display, according to information provided to MacRumors by Barclays analysts.