iPhone 12 Singapore Price and Release Date
It’s the middle of 2020, and tech enthusiasts around the world know that means: it’s almost time for the release of the latest and greatest smartphones from Apple, Inc. Ever since Apple skipped the iPhone 9 and went straight to the iPhone X, it’s gotten a little more difficult to predict the name of the next generation of iPhones, but this year it looks like the tech-giant will be launching the new iPhone 12.
However, due to the increasingly difficult circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, production on the new iPhone – as well as other products that Apple has in the pipeline – has seen more than its fair share of production delays and obstacles.
With all the unpredictable variables surrounding this year’s product launches, it’s understandable why Apple has yet to confirm or deny any of the rumors circulating around on the internet. Understandable as it may be, it doesn’t change the fact that there are millions of people right now who are trying to figure out what’s true, what’s not, and what’s possible.
In Singapore, Apple dominates the smartphone space with an impressive 33% market share – a full five points above Samsung. With its popularity and demand in Singapore, we’ve decided to cut through rumour and baseless conjecture to bring you the latest news on the iPhone 12 Singapore based on reliable leaks and inside information. Of course, nobody can be 100% sure of anything right now, but hopefully we can bring you as close to the truth as possible.
Read on to find out more about what we know so far about the iPhone 12 and its variants, as well as some potential features and design possibilities that we are likely to see when that product finally launches, hopefully by the end of the year.
- What We Know So Far on iPhone 12 Singapore
- iPhone 12 Variants and Pricing Leaks
- iPhone 12 Design Leaks
- iPhone 12 Tech Specs Leaks
- iPhone 12 Singapore Release Date Leaks
- The Spill on Release Date of iPhone 12
What We Know So Far on iPhone 12 Singapore
Nobody outside of Apple really “knows” what’s going on with the Apple 12 (and it’s probably a safe bet that a lot of the folks at Apple are having a hard time figuring that out too with all the issues brought about by COVID-19), but the information presented below comes from reliable industry sources, so based on that: here’s what we know about the iPhone 12 so far.
One of the most prolific leakers surrounding the release of the iPhone 12 is Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser, who made a name for himself as a reliable industry source thanks to his accurate leaks regarding the iPhone SE and the MacBook Pro 13.
According to information he acquired from an inside source at Apple, Inc. the iPhone 12 will be available in four variants: the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Max, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Judging from the naming system used, we can determine that the base variants (the 12 and 12 Max) will feature the same performance and internals while having a different-sized screen, with the 12 Max having a larger screen.
Similar to the last year’s iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 will apparently also come with Pro variants, typically featuring larger, better displays and internals as well as improved performance and expanded features.
Last month, Prosser tweeted this image showcasing the different prototypes for the iPhone 12 and its variants.
According to the leak provided by Jon Prosser, the base iPhone 12 comes with an aluminum body and a 5.4-inch display. The images also show that the iPhone 12 and all its variants will come with a smaller notch than the previous-generation, possibly a response to the resounding negative feedback it received due to the iPhone 11’s large, obtrusive notch. If the leaked information is to be believed, the base iPhone 12 will come with a two-camera setup, and will be powered by Apple’s most powerful chip yet, the A14. The base iPhone 12 will also come with 5G capability.
The iPhone 12 base model is expected to hit the market in two storage options, with a price tag of S$900 ($649 USD) for the 128GB version, and S$1,040 ($749 USD) for the expanded 256GB version.
Featuring similar specs as the base iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Max apparently features the same smaller notch, aluminum body, and camera setup as the base iPhone 12, albeit with a larger 6.1-inch display compared to the base 5.4-inch. It’ll also be powered by the A14 chip and come 5G-ready right out of the box.
Similar to the base iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Max will be available in two internal storage options, with the 128GB variant set to be available at S$1,040 ($749 USD), and the 256GB at S$1,180 ($849 USD).
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Designed for higher-end power-users just like the iPhone 11 Pro variants were, the iPhone 12 Pro ditches the aluminum used in the base models for a more robust stainless steel body, if the leak is to be believed. It comes with a 6.1-inch display so it will most likely have the same size and form-factor as the iPhone 12 Max, but since it’s a Pro variant, you can expect the similar-sized display to have better quality and performance just like with the Pro variants of the iPhone 11. Unlike the base models, the iPhone 12 Pro will have a three-camera setup complete with a LiDAR sensor. It’ll have 5G capabilities (possibly better than the base models) and will be powered by the A14.
Featuring more powerful internals and improved features, the iPhone 12 Pro starts at S$1,390 ($999 USD) for the 128GB version, and S$1,529 ($1,099 USD) for the 256GB version. The iPhone 12 Pro will also be available in a 512GB version, at an expected price of S$1,808 ($1,299 USD).
Featuring a massive 6.7-inch display, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with the same high-end features as the 12 Pro – including a stainless steel body and a three-camera setup with LiDAR. Like the other iPhone 12 variants, it’ll be 5G-ready and will be powered by the new A14.
With a larger display and all of the high-end features of the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will undoubtedly be the most expensive in this year’s line of iPhones. Prices are expected to start at S$1,529 ($1,099 USD) for the 128GB version, S$1,669 ($1,199 USD) for the 256GB version, and a whopping S$1,940 ($1,399 USD) for the 512GB version.
While the information presented above regarding the iPhone 12 variants and pricing was leaked by Jon Prosser, other sources contradict the information provided. Prosser has proven himself a reliable source in the tech industry, but other leaks indicate that all variants of the iPhone 12 will have the three-camera setup.
If these sources are to be believed, then the difference between the base models and the Pro models will likely only be the inclusion of LiDar sensors on the back camera setup.
While Jon Prosser has already leaked some big changes to the iPhone design, including the possibility of a smaller notch compared to that of the iPhone 11, it seems that this design alteration may be the first in a long list of changes. The smaller notch in itself is unsurprising – it just tells us that Apple listens to its customers.
After all, the release of the iPhone 11 last year was wrought with many customers expressing concern or disappointment regarding the top notch, which was larger than those of other phones released in the same year and was definitely far more obtrusive. This time around, a smaller notch might just make up for last year’s design faux pas.
Apart from the notch, however, sources from Mac Rumors suggest that Apple is taking the iPhone design language in an entirely new direction. Deviating from the typical rounded-edge designs that we’ve been seeing for the past few years, the new iPhone 12’s might feature sharper edges and a boxy, flat-edge design similar to the older iPhones, like the iconic iPhone 4.
Although we’re not sure about other features – such as whether it will come with a hardware Home button or whether it will feature an embedded fingerprint sensor instead – chances are the design language for the iPhone 12 will be far different from what we’ve seen in recent generations.
While we can trust in the fact that this year’s iPhone 12 models will be the latest and greatest yet thanks to the groundbreaking technology that went into the A14 chip as well as in the inclusion of revolutionary 5G capabilities, there are several leaks online that point to some more detailed tech specs that we can expect from the latest line of iPhones.
Recent leaks suggest that the iPhone 12 and its variants will all come with OLED displays, a feature typically reserved for iPhone Pro variants, as observed in last year’s iPhone 11’s.
Although it seems like pure speculation at this point, an insider source has revealed that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max will come with BOE OLED Super Retina Displays, although issues with the Chinese supplier BOE might cause Apple to use LG OLED panels instead. For the Pro variants – the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max – Apple is expected to use the higher-end Samsung OLED Super Retina XDR Displays, potentially with the inclusion of ProMotion dynamic refresh rates and the revolutionary Y-OCTA technology from Samsung. If ProMotion does come included with the Pro versions, users will be able to experience dynamic refresh rates up to 120Hz for a distinctly smoother visual experience.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max are expected to have 4GB of RAM available, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will reportedly have 6GB.
Although it’s still pure speculation, sources anticipate that the iPhone 12 line of smartphones will come with larger batteries than their predecessors, up to 4,400 mAh.
iPhone 12 Singapore Release Date Leaks
Apple, Inc. has yet to confirm or deny any claims on the internet regarding the iPhone 12’s release date. While some sources report that Apple is currently in the final phases of Engineering Validation and Testing which is said to conclude by the end of June 2020, other sources report otherwise.
If the EVT is on track and everything goes well, then Apple will most likely proceed to production sometime in July, and have the iPhone 12 Singapore ready to ship before October 2020. However, this scenario is extremely optimistic, and doesn’t really take into account the delays brought about by COVID-19.
The Spill on Release Date of iPhone 12
Jon Prosser from Front Page Tech says even an September launch isn’t guaranteed, with an October or even November launch looking more and more likely, with a release date in early 2021 even being considered as a possibility.
However, consumers can rest assured that Apple is pulling out all the stops to get iPhone 12 out by the end of the year, and our educated guess is that we’re likely to see the iPhone 12 Singapore hit the shelves soon!
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