So the iPhone 12 did not appear in Apple event in September. This is what we expected, although some were holding their breath for a surprise. Instead, we will see the phones announced at an event in October.
So we have a healthy dose of Apple products – but could the new products unveiled at the September event tell us a thing or two about the upcoming iPhone 12? There are many new features and some interesting changes in the devices that could give us some indicators.
Sure, we read a lot between the lines here, but we came up with a list of six predictions for the iPhone 12, based on what we learned about the new iPads and Apple Watches and the new subscription service.
1. A lateral fingerprint sensor
The new iPad Air 4 is the first Apple product to have a Touch ID built into a button on the side, instead of a button on the front, like on older iPhones and lower quality tablets, or on Face ID, like newer iPhones and the iPad Pro.
This change makes sense – everyone wears a face mask nowadays and Face ID does not really work with the accessory that hides the face. Apple needs to switch to physical fingerprint sensors for its new technology.
So could the iPhone 12 have a lateral fingerprint sensor? It’s definitely possible – the phone will have buttons on the side, so it won’t represent a major design change, and switching from Face ID to Touch ID could allow Apple to drop the large notch, which should be large enough to can accommodate all Face ID scanners.
Some Android phones use side-mounted fingerprint scanners, including Moto G 5G Plus and Price 20and it’s an extremely convenient way to turn on your phone, so we’ll be happy to see it on the iPhone 12. At least it hits the unreliable face ID.
2. Stick at 60Hz
Rumor had it that the iPhone 12 had one 120Hz screen refresh rate, a big step from previous iPhones stuck at 60Hz. 60Hz has been the standard refresh rate for phones for years, but recent Android devices have pushed it to 90Hz, 120Hz and even 144,144.
Apple has only used high refresh rates on iPad Pro models that use Variable Refresh, with the rate automatically changing depending on what you do – you can not change it manually.
Although the iPad Air 4 seems to be the “iPad Pro Lite”, it does not have a variable refresh rate – so has Apple decided that people are not interested in the smoothness that high refresh rates bring?
There were also rumors they suggest Apple could not build the 120Hz refresh rates in time. Whatever the reason, we may be stuck with 60Hz for another year.
3. Hello, USB-C
Like the high refresh rates, some rumors have pointed it out iPhone 12 with standard USB-C port instead of Apple’s own Lightning port – this would allow the phone to offer faster charging and data transfer than previous iPhones.
The latest generations of the iPad Pro had USB-C ports, but now the iPad Air 4 also has it – so it ‘s clear that Apple does not believe that the high – speed port is now for business users and is a feature that will be appreciated by all users.
So let’s hope we see the iPhone 12 use a USB-C port and no longer (apparently) need a lifetime to charge your iPhone.
4. No charger in the box
One of the most controversial issues in the iPhone 12 leaks and rumors is whether it is I will, the ordinary, come with a charger in the box. The removal of technology will force users to buy their own charger, but will reduce electronic waste, which would be beneficial to the environment.
Well, the Apple Watch 6 confirms that it does not come with a charging pad in the box – you have to buy your own or use an existing pad to charge your smartwatch.
Apple did not tell us if the Apple Watch SE or any of the new iPads will come with chargers in the box. But a recent interview in which an Apple executive criticized the inclusion of chargers in the box, combined with the lack of a Watch 6, it seems that the iPhone 12 will not come with either.
5. The A14 Bionic chipset
The iPhone 11 had the A13 Bionic chipset and it is possible that the iPhone 12 has the A14 Bionic. The new iPad Air 4 also has this chipset and a strange fact that the slate starts before the new iPhone is that we have a first look at this new technology.
This is the first of Apple’s 5nm mobile chipsets, much smaller than previous processors and set to be 30% faster than its predecessor. The iPad Air 4 is set to be a fast device and so is the iPhone 12.
6. Even more Apple bloatware?
Apple smartphones and tablets come with a lot of pre-installed apps like Apple TV and Apple Podcasts on your device, whether you like it or not – and this situation could be further exacerbated by its release. Apple One.
Apple One combines Apple News, Apple Fitness and more in one great subscription package and, as with some of the brand’s other apps, you can be sure that they will come baked into Apple devices to encourage you to try and we hope you buy them.
Hopefully this will not happen – we pass our fingers that Apple will receive the message that if we want to try these services, we will download them for us. However, the iPad homepage confirms that this has not happened so far.