Apple’s iPhone 12 range has been revealed in detail and it brings several compromises which might put you off upgrading. But if you’re still on the fence, the first iPhone 13 information should convince you to save your money.
Just days before the iPhone 12 big reveal, respected industry insiders Jon Prosser, Ice Universe and Ross Young have all revealed Apple is set to make the design and display changes everyone wanted for the iPhone 12 series.
Both Prosser and Ice Universe agree that Apple will finally reduce the size of the notch with iPhone 13. That said, they disagree on how this will be done. Ice Universe states that Apple will make it shallower (vertically) while Prosser understands that Apple will make it shorter (horizontally). The disagreement likely stems from Apple having multiple prototypes at this stage of development, something that has caused confusion before. Either way, it’s a win.
Building on this, display specialist Ross Young reveals the iPhone 13 will reintroduce Touch ID (likely in-display and pandemic driven) alongside Face ID, come with larger camera sensors than the iPhone 12 models and adopt LTPO panels. LTPO is extremely power efficient and was expected to enable 120Hz ProMotion displays on the iPhone 12 line-up, but Samsung reserved all available stock for its Galaxy Note 20 Ultra this year and ProMotion was scrapped. The iPhone 13 will fix this.
A further inevitable benefit will be 5G. While the iPhone 12 line-up all have 5G, speeds will be limited outside the US due to high pricing and restricted availability. Expect 5G modems to be cheaper, more powerful and significantly more efficient next year. Something that will also matter more in 2021, when 5G coverage will expand rapidly.
Needless to say, if your current smartphone is falling apart, any of the four new iPhone 12 models will make for a very solid upgrade. But this is an incremental iPhone update year and it looks like good things will come to those who wait.
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