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 weeks 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.
Ming-Chi-Kuo agrees and predicts that Apple won’t include a pair of EarPods with the iPhone 12. He believes their removal will help Apple keep costs down.
Leaker L0vetodream also says the box won’t include a charger or EarPods. They also claim the iPhone 12’s packaging will become “thinner” and “exquisite.” They claim this will apply to the iPhone SE 2 as well.
Analysts at British bank Barclays have backed this rumor up. They also think the new iPhones won”t ship with a power adapter. If true, that would leave a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.
In his research note, Kuo says he thinks Apple will pull the power adapter from the iPhone’s box. Instead, he thinks the company will sell the 20W power adapter as an accessory. He also thinks Apple will end production of the existing 5W and 18W power adapters.
A report from Nikkei suggests the same. So, at this point, it really looks like the iPhone 12 won’t have EarPods or a charger inside the box.
That being said, it looks like Apple will include a new braided USB-C to Lightning cable with the iPhone 12. Apple sells braided cables for other devices, but it hasn’t sold a braided cable for the iPhone or iPad before.
Apple currently includes a USB-C to Lightning cable and USB-C power adapter with iPhone 11 Pro models. The iPhone 11 comes with a USB-A to Lightning cable.
We’ve seen a ton of back and forth about the iPhone 12 launch date and we finally have an answer straight from Cupertino. Apple confirmed a delay during its quarterly earnings call with analysts.
The company’s CFO says Apple is currently planning to ship the new iPhone models a few weeks later than the standard September timeframe. So while we might see an announcement in September, the iPhone 12 series probably won’t hit shelves until sometime in October.
As for specific timing, a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, citing sources from the supply in chain in China, suggests the iPhone 12 won’t launch until late October.
Those sources believe the company’s LTE-powered iPhone 12 models will arrive in October with the 5G models hitting shelves in November.
Digitimes believes the company will take a staggered approach to the launch with the two 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models coming first followed by the 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch models.
According to a research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of Apple’s suppliers is having issues quality issues. The issues apparently won’t impact the iPhone 12’s launch if the company’s other main lens supplier can make up for the problems.
The supplier, Genius Electronic Optical (GSEO), has refuted the report, and says that lens module production remains normal at this time.
Chinese media is reporting that Foxconn, Apple’s key partner in iPhone production, is on a hiring spree ahead of the iPhone 12’s release.
There’s also chatter about a 4G-only iPhone 12 arriving sometime in early 2021. The rumor comes from Wedbush Securities analysts who believe the phone could launch in Q1 with an $800 price point.
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.
A paywalled Digitimes report disputes this and claims the iPhone 12 will instead pack Qualcomm's X60 5G modem chips. This is the first time we've heard this mentioned so take it with an immense grain of salt.
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.
With Samsung, Qualcomm, and suppliers like Murata Manufacturing now on board, it looks like Apple is 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 Digitimes states that "Apple's 2020 series of iPhones will work on both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave 5G networks." The site also claims Apple might take a different approach in 2021.
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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