The cheapest iPhone 12 could be priced at $699, a new leak suggests
A new leak has extensive details about both the prices and the release dates of the new upcoming iPhone 12 series and other things Apple might announce at the October 13 event.
A new leak has given us strong hints about what Apple could announce at the October 13 event. The Verge quotes leaker Kang who shared on Weibo that Apple will announce four new iPhone models at the event and the new HomePod mini smart speaker as well. The new leak also provides a bunch of extra details and release information about the iPhone 12 line-up.
As per Apple Track, Kang has been 97.8% accurate when it comes to Apple leaks and has accurately predicted many of Apple's WWDC and September 15 event announcements made this year. Going by this, Kang should also be pretty correct about what's coming on October 13.
According to Kang, Apple is going to announce four new iPhones next week - the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. All the four devices will come with 5G support including mmWave (fastest 5G speeds) in the US.
The Super Retina XDR display, that previously was exclusive to the iPhone 11 Pro models, will be available across the whole series this time and the handsets will have ceramic in their glass screens to make them tougher and more drop resistant. Also, all the four new iPhones will be able to film in Dolby Vision HDR standard this time.
Kang's leaks suggest that the iPhone 12 Mini will come with a 5.4-inch display and start at $699. It will be available in white, red, black, blue and green and will have storage options ranging from 64GB to 256GB. The leak also suggests that the iPhone 12 Mini will come with dual cameras (a wide-angle and an ultrawide) and will be available for preorder on November 6 or 7 with a release date of November 13 or 14.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 12, as per the leaks, could be priced starting from $799 and will be available in black, red, white, blue and green colours with storage options ranging from 64GB to 256GB. It will reportedly come with the same cameras the iPhone 12 Mini has and be available for pre-orders on October 16 and 17 with a release date on October 23 or 24.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro could be priced starting from $999 and be available in gold, silver, graphite and blue with storage options ranging from 128GB to 512GB. Besides the wide-angle and ultrawide cameras, Kang says the iPhone 12 Pro will have a telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom and a LiDAR sensor. Preorders for this one will start from October 16 or 17 with a release date of October 23 or 24.
The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max prices could start from $1,099 and will be available in gold, silver, graphite and blue with storage options ranging from 128GB to 512GB. Like the iPhone 12 Pro, this too will have three cameras and the LiDAR sensor, but the telephoto lens will reportedly support 5x optical zoom. The preorders for this one should start on November 13 or 14 with a release date of November 20 or 21.
Kang has also predicted that Apple will announce its new wireless MagSafe chargers at the October 13 event and these could work with a new wireless charger-compatible iPhone case, as per MacRumours, which “uses magnets to help it align correctly”.
Apple has previously used MagSafe branding for its MacBook power cables that magnetically attach to laptops. As per Kang's predictions, Apple is not going to ship chargers or earphones with this year's iPhones.
Finally, last but not the least, the $99 HomePod mini is going to be announced too at the October 13 event, according to Kang. The HomePod mini is going to be Apple's second smart speaker after the original HomePod. Kang says that this smaller iteration will be just 3.3-inches tall and be powered by the same S5 processor we saw on last year's Apple Watch Series 5 and this year's Apple Watch SE. The Home Pod mini could ship on November 16 or 17.
Since these are leaks and rumours, it's best to take them all with a pinch of salt, however, Kang seems to have a pretty good track record as far as most leaks are concerned so let's see how this lot goes. Either way, we just need to wait for a couple of days more.