Be prepared to (possibly) be underwhelmed when the iPhone 12 is announced this fall. The latest crop of rumors suggests the iPhone 12 feature set is being cut left and right ahead of its expected fall launch date.
Please sound off in the comments and let us know what you think about the iPhone 12 and its less-than-robust rumored features. Continue reading to learn what the latest intel says about the iPhone 12.
Few Bundled Accessories
According to EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach, the iPhone 12 will ship in a slimmer and more exquisite box, but that's not the result of some innovative design. It's a side effect of Apple not shipping the iPhone 12 with a pair of EarPods and a power adapter. The rumored 20W power adapter will be sold separately. The only items in the box will be the phone and a charging cable. Will Apple be lowering the price now that it has stripped out these extras? Unfortunately, no.
Higher Price tag
An analyst from Jeff Pu suggests the iPhone 12 starting price tag will be $749 for the entry-level 5.4-inch model and not the $649 that was previously rumored by leakster Jon Prosser. This also is $50 more than the base model of the iPhone 11, which sells for $699. This price increase could be applied to the rest of the lineup with the 6.7-inch base model climbing over the $1,000 mark.
No 120Hz ProMotion Display
Display analyst Ross Young and leaker Max Weinbach have some terrible news in the display area. According to supply chain sources, Apple will likely not include the highly anticipated 120Hz ProMotion display on the iPhone. Apple reportedly is feverishly testing the display because the executive team wants to incorporate it into the 2020 iPhone 12. Unfortunately, the screens are not passing all of their qualification tests. The Pro is failing 3 out of 20 tests, and the Pro Max is failing 4 out of 20 tests. As a result, the company is giving its engineering team one more week to work on the displays before giving them the final kick to the curb.
Not All iPhones Will Have mmWave 5G
According to DigiTimes, not all iPhone 12 models will ship with mmWave 5G compatibility. Some models may be 4G only, which may explain the rumored lower price tags we saw earlier this year.
The rumor mill has been going back and forth on the launch date, but now we are again back to a delay. The latest intel from Nikkei Asian Review says the final assembly isn't slated to happen until October. Apple could still announce in September, but it may not sell the phones until October or later.
LiDAR Scanner Status Unknown
Apple is rumored to include a LiDAR scanner in its iPhone 12, but we have heard very little about the scanner system. That's because most of the recently leaked information comes from case and accessory manufacturers who are not involved in the phone's camera technology.