Apple has announced a second 2020 event, which is set to be held on Tuesday 13 October at 7:00 p.m. (SA Time) on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with Apple’s September event focusing on the new iPad and Apple Watches, the October event will be digital only, with Apple likely providing pre-taped segments for each new product that will be announced.
Since the new iPad Air, eighth-generation iPad, and Apple Watch Series 6 have already been announced, the October event is expected to be Apple’s iPhone-centric event with Apple introducing the new iPhone 12 lineup.
iPhone 12 Lineup
We’re expecting four iPhones in three sizes in 2020. The iPhone 12, which will be the more affordable iPhone model available, will come in 5.4 and 6.1-inch size options. The 5.4-inch iPhone will be the smallest iPhone that Apple has released in years, and rumors suggest it could even be called the “iPhone 12 mini.”
The higher-end flagship iPhone models, expected to be called the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will come in 6.1 and 6.7-inch size options, with the 6.7-inch iPhone featuring the largest display size that Apple has introduced to date.
All four iPhones will feature edge-to-edge OLED displays with Face ID functionality and front-facing TrueDepth cameras. Despite some early rumors of smaller notches, it doesn’t look like the notch is shrinking on most models, but we can expect a proportional notch on the smallest 5.4-inch model. This will be the first time that Apple has used OLED display technology across the iPhone lineup.
Apple is also expected to introduce 5G support for all of the iPhone 12 models, though the fastest mmWave 5G could potentially be limited to the higher end models while more affordable models get Sub-6GHz 5G. Sub-6Ghz 5G is the 5G that’s expected to be used in most places.
The 2020 iPhone lineup will feature a redesign with the iPhones adopting an iPad Pro-style look that does away with the rounded edges that have been used since the iPhone 6 in favor of more squared, flat edges.
New camera technology is expected, with the high-end Pro iPhone models expected to gain LiDAR Scanners similar to the LiDAR Scanner introduced in the iPad Pro. All of the new iPhones will use the faster 5-nanometer A14 chips that Apple first introduced in the 2020 iPad Air, which should bring solid performance and efficiency improvements.
Because 5G technology is expensive, Apple is planning to eliminate the power adapter and earbuds that traditionally come with an iPhone, instead offering a separate power adapter for purchase. A braided Lightning to USB-C cable could be included, however, and the power adapter rumor has been all but confirmed by the Series 6 Apple Watches, which were also shipped without a power adapter.
Apple has stuck to September events and releases for new iPhones for years now, but the global health pandemic delayed the launch of new iPhones, and given the delay, Apple also decided to delay its traditional September event. Apple in July confirmed that this year’s models would launch “a few weeks later” than the normal September timeframe.