So the iPhone 12 didn’t show up at Apple’s September event. This is what we expected, even if some were holding their breath for an unveiled surprise. We will probably now see the phones announced at an event in October.
However, four main devices have been launched: the new iPad, the iPad Air 4, the Apple Watch 6 and the Apple Watch SE, along with Apple One, a new subscription package for Apple apps.
So we have a fair amount of Apple products to move forward with, but could the new products unveiled at the September event actually tell us a thing or two about the upcoming iPhone 12? There are a lot of new features and some cool changes in the devices that might give us some hints.
1. A side-mounted fingerprint sensor
The new iPad Air 4 is the first Apple product to have Touch ID integrated into a side-mounted button, rather than having a button on the front, like on older low-end iPhones and tablets, or Face ID, like new iPhones and tablets. the iPad Pro.
This change makes sense – everyone wears a mask nowadays and Face ID doesn’t really work with the accessory to hide the face. Apple needs to switch to physical fingerprint sensors for its new technology.
So the iPhone 12 might have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor? It’s certainly possible – the phone will have buttons on the side after all, so it wouldn’t represent a major design change, and switching from Face ID to Touch ID could allow Apple to turn down the big notch, which needs to be large so it can accommodate all scanners. Face ID.
Some Android phones use side-mounted fingerprint scanners, including the Moto G 5G Plus and Honor 20, and it’s a super convenient way to turn on the phone, so we’d be happy to see it in the iPhone 12. At least it beats the unreliable Face ID.
2. Stick to 60Hz
Rumors indicated that the iPhone 12 had a screen refresh rate of 120Hz, a big step up from previous iPhones which froze at 60Hz. 60Hz has been the standard refresh rate for phones for years, but recent Android devices have taken it to 90Hz, 120Hz, and even 144Hz.
Apple has only used high refresh rates in the iPad Pro models, which use variable refresh, with the rate automatically changing depending on what you’re doing – you can’t change it manually.
While the iPad Air 4 is apparently an “ iPad Pro Lite ”, it doesn’t have a variable refresh rate, so Apple has decided that people don’t care about the smoothness that high refresh rates bring?
There have also been rumors suggesting Apple cannot get 120Hz refresh rates produced in time. Whatever the reason, maybe we’re stuck with 60Hz for another year.
3. Hi, USB-C
Like the high refresh rates, some rumors indicated that the iPhone 12 had a standard USB-C port instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port – this would allow the phone to offer faster charging and data transfer than previous iPhones.
The last few generations of iPad Pro have had USB-C ports, but now the iPad Air 4 has one too, so it’s clear Apple no longer thinks the high-speed port is only for business users, and that’s a feature. which will be appreciated by all users.
So hopefully we’ll see the iPhone 12 use a USB-C port, and it won’t take (what it sounds like) a lifetime to charge your iPhone.
4. No in-the-box charger
One of the most controversial points discussed in the iPhone 12 leaks and rumors is whether or not it will come with a bundled charger. Ditching the technology would force users to buy their own charger, but it would reduce electronic waste, which would be beneficial for the environment.
Well, it’s confirmed that the Apple Watch 6 won’t come with a charging pad in the box – you’ll either have to buy your own or use an existing pad to charge your smartwatch.
Apple hasn’t told us if the Apple Watch SE, or any of the new iPads, will come with chargers in the box. But a recent interview in which an Apple executive criticized the inclusion of chargers in the box, combined with the lack of one of the Watch 6, makes it seem likely that the iPhone 12 won’t have one either.
5. The A14 Bionic chipset
The iPhone 11 had the A13 Bionic chipset and it is likely that the iPhone 12 will have the A14 Bionic. The new iPad Air 4 also has this chipset, and a quirk of the fact that the list will be launched before the new iPhone is that we can take an early look at this new technology.
This is the first of Apple’s 5nm mobile chipsets, much smaller than previous processors, and is set to be 30% faster than its predecessor as well. The iPad Air 4 is set up to be a snappy device, and by extension the iPhone 12 is too.
6. Even more Apple bloatware?
Apple smartphones and tablets come with a ton of apps pre-installed, with shows like Apple TV and Apple Podcasts on your device whether you want them or not, and this situation could get worse with the launch of Apple One.
Apple One combines Apple News, Apple Fitness, and more into one great subscription package, and as with some of the brand’s other apps, you can rest assured that they will come to Apple devices to encourage you to try and hopefully purchase them.
Let’s hope that’s not the case – we’re crossing our fingers that Apple will get the message that if we want to try these services, we’ll download them ourselves; however, our iPad home page states that this has not been the case so far.