In September, Apple unveiled new flagship iPhone models. The iPhone 11 series is available in the United States and other countries around the world.
In April, the company announced a new iPhone SE 2 which comes with a 4.7-inch display, an iPhone 8-like design, and upgraded internals.
As we push deeper into 2020, we’ve seen Apple and retailers offers deals on the 2018 iPhones. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are still fairly expensive, but these price cuts and trade-ins can save you quite a bit of cash on the former flagships.
While many of you are perfectly fine with one of these devices, others might want to hang around until later this year. Rumor has it, the 2020 iPhone lineup will come with a much bigger set of changes and those who aren’t impressed with the iPhone 11 series should consider waiting.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
iPhone 12 Rumors
We’re still months away from an official iPhone 12 announcement, but we’ve already seen a ton of credible rumors emerge.
The flagship 2020 iPhone models will reportedly feature an overhauled camera system with 3D capabilities, OLED screens across the board, display upgrades, a new processor, 5G support, and a new design that could include a smaller notch.
The 5G iPhone models are widely expected to debut in the fall timeframe that Apple’s used for many years now. The company is dealing with issues related to the coronavirus outbreak, but according to Reuters, supply chain experts and industry insiders think Apple still has time to keep its annual iPhone release on track.
In a note, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone production won’t improve until the second quarter, but that the company is diversifying lens suppliers in the buildup to the 2020 iPhone launch over coronavirus fears.
Foxconn also says it has hired enough workers to meet seasonal demand for the iPhone 12 production. According to Nikkei, the company is “expected to hit a peak production period after July to manufacture iPhones for release in the fall.”
Digitimes says volume production of the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will start in July and August ahead of the other iPhone 12 models.
Another report from analysts at Wedbush states that the worst case scenario at this point is Apple pushing the iPhone 12 launch into next year. A newer report from Wedbush analysts suggests that we could see a launch launch between October and early December.
That said, Digitimes says Taiwanese manufacturers in charge of making printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the iPhone have denied reports that Apple has asked them postpone volume production by two months.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that Apple’s 5G iPhones are still on track to launch in the company’s traditional fall window. The report aligns with a previous report from the publication. Bloomberg also reports that Foxconn is assuring investors that the 5G iPhone can still launch in the fall.
Jeff Pu, an analyst with Chinese research firm GF Securities, says current travel restrictions and cargo flight delays could ultimately delay one version of the iPhone 12.
Pu expects the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and two 6.1-inch variants to launch in September. He thinks these will be followed by a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 launch in October.
Kuo says that mass production of the new 6.7-inch iPhone “will be delayed to October because this model’s design is the most complicated.” He says the 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch iPhone 12 models will still go into mass production in September.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the iPhone 12 is still on track for 2020, but mass production has been pushed back a month.
Leaker Jon Prosser also claims the iPhone 12 launch might get pushed into October. Prosser has provided accurate information about Apple products in the past.
With WWDC 2020 kicking off a few weeks later than usual (June 22nd), it looks like we could see iPhones ship a few weeks later than they normally do.
Apple’s iPhones are still in development which means plans can change before Apple debuts the hardware on stage. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the iPhone 12.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device before the 2020 iPhone models arrive.
Wait for 5G
We saw several 5G-powered Android devices launch in 2019, but iPhone owners will have to wait until later this year for the same capabilities.
Apple was slow to adopt 4G LTE and the company is behind the curve when it comes to 5G.
Barring a huge change in direction, it looks like the company's first 5G iPhone will arrive in late 2010, long after its rivals.
Now that Intel has killed its 5G plans for phones it looks like Apple will depend on some old friends for its 5G modems.
A report from Nikkei claims that Apple plans to use Qualcomm chips for its 5G iPhone in 2020. The company has reportedly been testing the chips well ahead of the launch.
According to Qualcomm, it's working to release 5G-powered iPhones as quickly as possible.
A report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will also use Samsung to supply modems in select markets.
Apple's suppliers are also gearing up for the 5G iPhone launch.
With Samsung, Qualcomm, and suppliers like Murata Manufacturing now on board, it looks like Apple will be ready to deliver a 5G-ready phone in 2020.
A report from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis suggests that the 2020 iPhones will indeed be the first iPhones with support for 5G.
Kuo previously stated that only two of Apple's 2020 iPhone models (the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models) would feature 5G while the 6.1-inch model would be limited to LTE.
He also states that Apple will launch iPhone models with mmWave support (as opposed to the slower sub-6GHz version of 5G) in five markets including Canada, Japan, Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
According to Kuo, iPhone 12 models with mmWave support could get delayed and launch a little bit later than other versions of the new iPhone.
Analysts from Wedbush also believe the mmWave version of the iPhone 12 will be limited to carriers in the United States.
A report from analytics firm Strategy Analytics suggests that Apple will lead the 5G smartphone market in 2020, passing current leaders Samsung and Huawei.
So while not confirmed, it's extremely likely the 2020 models will be the first iPhones with the feature on board.
If your current phone is still performing well and you're intrigued by 5G data speeds, you might want to sit out and wait for the next batch of iPhones.
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