New iPhone 12: release date, leaks and what we’re expecting

We’ll say it now: the iPhone 12 needs to be a huge change to Apple’s smartphone. The iPhone 11 range brought, well, very little in terms of an upgrade. With new camera upgrades and some more power inside, they were modest updates to the popular iPhone range. 

So what will the iPhone 2020 bring? Is Apple going to give us a truly new iPhone?

The good news is that, in the build up to the iPhone 11 launch, we heard lots of rumors and leaks of a much-altered iPhone. These include the possibility of 5G support, new cameras, a new design, a supercharged screen… if every rumor proves right then the iPhone 12 could be the big upgrade we’re hoping for.

We’ve mixed together all the latest leaks and updates on the new iPhone in the article below, and added in some thoughts on what we’re expecting, based on well over a decade of monitoring the growing rumor mill around the latest iPhone…

Update: There’s growing evidence that one or more iPhone 12 models could have a super smooth 120Hz screen that would make gaming on your handset far better than now.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The new iPhone from Apple
  • When is it out? Almost certainly September
  • What will it cost? We’re expecting well over $700 / £700 for the base model

iPhone 12 release date and price

There aren’t any official iPhone 12 release date rumors as yet, but come on – we’re almost certain that we know when it’ll appear. Apple launches its new phones almost metronomically, and while every year there’s a rumor of it changing, it’s always held to a similar time.

Firstly, the new iPhone release date will definitely be September 2020 – and it’s always around the second week. So we’re going to guess that we’ll see Apple unveil the iPhone 12 on 8 September (or possibly 15 September if it wants to hit a later on-sale date).

You’ll be able to pick it up 10 days after that, so you’ll need a Friday off work if you’re desperate to get your hands on one..

iPhone 11 pro

(Image credit: Future)

When it comes to the iPhone 12 price, it’s likely to stay broadly in line with the current models. For reference, the iPhone 11 starts at $699 / £729…