- The Apple iPhone 12 update will include the company’s first major iPhone design review over the years, losses revealed.
- The next new phones in the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series are expected to be the company’s largest release ever, with annual sales that experts believe may set an all-time high.
- A new escape from a source with proven track record suggests that Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro phones will be even bigger updates than we expected, with a new 64-megapixel camera and more interesting updates.
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We still have about 6 months to wait before Apple finally takes the covers off its new iPhone 12 lineup, but enthusiastic Apple fans will never be willing to wait that long. Details on Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro flagships began to leak last year, even before the current iPhone 11 series was released. First information came from TF International Securities analyst Ming -Chi Kuo, as always, and revealed a number of exciting firsts for Apple over the course of a few months.
The iPhone 12 will reportedly present Apple’s first major design review in three years, since the company first debuted on the iPhone X. It will still have a notch on the front and a large array of square cameras. on the back, but the glass in front and behind will present a new central frame with flat metal edges instead of the round ones that we have seen on every flagship iPhone model since iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released in 2014. Apple’s first 5G phones, which is seen as a key addition now that 5G networks are starting to expand into numerous key smartphone markets. All of this is somehow old news at this point, but yesterday a new big loss of the iPhone 12 emerged from a reliable source, and it was full of exciting new details that deserve a deeper dive.
We are used to seeing new information on Apple’s upcoming iPhones from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s primary insider with sources along Apple’s supply chain. Other sources report details from time to time and Thursday’s big iPhone loss came from Max Weinbach’s xda-developers. In the past, it has disclosed information about unpublished devices that have proved accurate and this week has set its sights on iPhone 12. The new information of Weinbach has been revealed in a YouTube video published by EverythingApplePro, and you can watch it again here.
On Thursday morning, we looked at the key details of the loss in our coverage. According to Weinbach, Apple is working on some huge camera updates that are highlighted by a 64 megapixel rear camera main sensor and an improved nighttime functionality that will work on all rear camera sensors instead of just the main sensor, as in the case of current iPhone 11 models. The leaker also claims that Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro will feature an improved zoom and a new Time of Flight (ToF) sensor as well as three main camera sensors, which we have already heard from Kuo. Finally, a new macro mode for the best close-up photos and an HDR mode temporarily called “Smart XDR” are also in the works.
There were some other details covered by Weinbach’s big leak, such as a 4,400 mAh battery in the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the reiteration that the new iPhone models will feature improved displays with a 120Hx refresh rate. But we want to focus on camera updates right now because they’re a much bigger deal than some might think.
For years, Apple’s iPhone models have been the undisputed leaders when it comes to mobile cameras. No Android phone came close to Apple’s camera quality. In fact, some readers may recall how shocked some Instagram users were when the company first released an Android app and their timelines were inundated with blurry and blurry photos from Android phones. In recent years, however, the tide has definitely changed.
Companies including Huawei, Google and Samsung have made significant investments in mobile camera technology and have outperformed Apple in the quality of cameras until last year. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have leveled the playing field to some extent, but there are already several new phones on the market that surpass the iPhone 11 in the Apple series.
The last time it happened, later versions of Apple for iPhone featured a camera with relatively minor improvements. Since Apple just made a major overhaul of its cameras on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro last year, some people have expected Apple to use the same camera hardware again but make some improvements using only the software. If the Weinbach loss is accurate, it appears that it will not be like that at all, and that’s a big deal.
Take a look at the results of any major smartphone survey and you’ll find two things at the top of people’s list of considerations when buying a new phone. One is battery life, which is always critical. Right behind this, however, is the quality of the camera. The booming popularity of social media means that people are capturing and sharing photos more than ever. If Apple were to fall behind with the quality and features of its iPhone 12 camera, it could cause people to look elsewhere when they buy a new phone. Luckily, it looks like it won’t be like that at all, and we’re looking forward to a huge camera update on the upcoming iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro phones that Apple is expected to release in September.