The iPhone 12 is on the horizon, but we aren’t sure exactly when Apple will release its newest flagship device nor how much it will cost. Apple has been known to unveil its flagship device in early September and then release it about two weeks later, however, due to supply issues, the iPhone 12 release is delayed by at least a couple weeks. The price of the iPhone 12 will likely be similar to the iPhone 11, although the 5G capabilities may increase the price a bit.

In this iPhone 12 guide:

iPhone 12 release date

Apple hasn’t yet confirmed the release date for its newest flagship devices, the iPhone 12 models, however, we’re expecting they will be available sometime in October 2020. In the past, Apple has released its flagship phones in September each year, but this year the manufacturer is facing supply issues.

Here is a list of Apple’s iPhone release dates from the past 5 years:

  • iPhone SE (2nd generation): April 24, 2020
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max: September 20, 2019
  • iPhone XS, XS Max: September 21, 2018
  • iPhone XR: October 26, 2018
  • iPhone X: November 3, 2017
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus: September 22, 2017
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus: September 16, 2016
  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus: September 20, 2015

As you can see, Apple frequently releases multiple models at once, in September of the given year, but it occasionally staggers the release as well, like with the iPhone X series. Since we are expecting four iPhone 12 models, we may see all four come out in October, or even later, depending on how COVID-19 affects production.

iPhone 12 pricing

Apple iPhones are not exactly known for affordability but their ongoing popularity proves customers have no problem paying premium prices for these flagship smartphones. There are plenty of rumors flying around concerning the cost of the iPhone 12, but Apple hasn’t confirmed any pricing yet—it’s likely that the iPhone 12 models will mirror the iPhone 11 prices, although costs may be bumped up a little due to 5G technology.

Last year, the iPhone 11 was priced at:

  • iPhone 11: $699
  • iPhone 11 Pro: $999
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: $1,099

Given the fact that we are expecting four iPhone 12 models, we aren’t sure at the moment where the fourth phone will fit in.

iPhone 12 models

Apple hasn’t announced the models it will be including in the iPhone 12 series, but rumors have been circulating about the following Apple iPhone 12 models:

  • iPhone 12 (5.4 inches)
  • iPhone 12 Max (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 12 Pro (6.1 inches)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inches)

All of the iPhone 12 models will include 5G technology, as well as Super Retina OLED displays. Plus, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max are rumored to include a triple-lens rear camera system.

iPhone 12 specs & key changes

The iPhone 11 models feature incredible cameras, long battery life, beautiful displays, sophisticated processors, and more. But the iPhone 12 series is expected to up the smartphone game even more. Here are a few expected key changes for the iPhone 12:

  • 5G connectivity
  • Four models instead of three
  • OLED displays, regardless of price
  • LiDAR scanner (Pro series)

The rumored LiDAR scanner (Light Detection and Ranging), which is featured on the iPad Pro 2020, uses lasers to measure distances and depth. If the iPhone 12 features this LiDAR scanner system, you’ll be able to partake in Augmented Reality (AR) gaming and shopping.

It is also rumored that the iPhone 12 design will more closely resemble that of the iPad Pro or iPhone 4, with the iPhone 12 featuring a square-edged steel frame instead of the current rounded frame.

iPhone 12 specs

Although nothing is set in stone, you can expect the iPhone 12 specs to look something like this:

iPhone 12 iPhone 12 Max iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max
Display 5.4-inch OLED 6.1-inch OLED 6.1-inch OLED 6.7-inch OLED
Processor A14 Bionic A14 Bionic A14 Bionic A14 Bionic
Cameras Dual rear cameras Dual rear cameras Triple rear cameras + LiDAR Triple rear cameras + LiDAR
Battery 2227 mAh 2775 mAh 2775 mAh 3687 mAh
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Let’s Talk Take: is the iPhone 12 worth it?

Given the fact that most of the information we have to go on is rumors, it’s hard to say right now if the iPhone 12 is worth it or not. As with most of the Apple iPhone releases, whether you should go out and buy the iPhone 12 comes down to your personal priorities and preference. If you’re the type who always wants the newest smartphone toy on the market, you may very well want to save up for the iPhone 12 Pro, especially if you love taking high-quality photos and want in on the AR action. If you need a new phone but don’t necessarily need the latest and greatest, you could always opt for the iPhone 11. It’s a sophisticated and powerful device that is actually pretty affordable compared to iPhones of the past. There are plenty of iPhone deals out there that can save you a nice chunk of change. While you wait for the iPhone 12, check out the iPhone 11 plans below.