Will iPhone 12 finally debut in October 2020?
10,429,355 and counting. That was the number of views that Apple’s Time Flies event garnered within 16 hours. Many gadget lovers from India stayed up late to watch the livestream, hoping to get a sneak peek into iPhone 12. However, they were disappointed when the tech giant launched a slew of products and services, except this much-expected series.
During the hour long virtual event, Apple gave viewers an eyeful into its latest range of smartwatches and iPads. This encompassed Watch SE, Watch Series 6, iPad Air, 8th generation iPad, Fitness Plus, Apple One service and iPad Air updates. It is now expected that the iPhone 12 range will be launched in October, 2020.
iPhone aficionados were confident that Apple would introduce a line-up of four new models this year. They expected it to comprise two budget phones – iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max – and two premium models – iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The budget smartphones are likely to sport OLED displays with sizes that range from 5.4” and 6.1”, while the latter two could display 6.1” and 6.7” screens, respectively.
These smartphones are likely to have 5G support and house the company’s latest A14 Bionic processor, which can boost performance of apps and program significantly. Prices are estimated to start from Rs 49,999, though the company has not verified these speculations.
In April, 2020, Bloomberg had reported that the iPhone 12 will feature a flat-edged design, reminiscent of iPhone 5. The standard models will have two cameras, while the Pro will boast of three cameras with a LIDAR sensor for 3D scanning. The latter will be encased within stainless-steel housing, while its regular cousins will be ensconced in aluminium housing. The entry-level iPhone 12 models are likely to have 4GB RAM, the Pro and Pro Max variants could have 6GB RAM.
MacRumors.com compares an iPhone 12 dummy’s size against existing iPhones.
BE INDIAN, MAKE INDIAN
Interestingly, the mobile major plans to locally manufacture a ‘Made in India’ iPhone 12 series for the country. According to media reports, this model will be produced at its Narasapura plant in Bengaluru, which is home to Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer, Wistron. Currently Apple manufactures six iPhone models in India, including 6S, 7, XR, 11 and SE models.
The local manufacturing of iPhone 12 series could go a long way in helping the company reduce its prices, as it can then discount the 20% import duty. Lowered prices would help it acquire more Indian customers who always aspired to own an iPhone but were wary of its price tag. However, will Apple choose to drop prices to become competitive in one of the world’s fastest growing market?