If you’re wondering how Apple has been managing to put an always-on display in the Apple Watch for two generations now but still hasn’t done it in the iPhone, you’re not alone, and the good news is that that’s about to change. According to a report by EverythingApplePro citing leakster Max Weinbach, the next iPhone is set to have a 120Hz screen and always-on functionality.
Just like the Apple Watch, it’s going to use an LTPO display, which should let Apple have an always-on screen without sucking on power. But that’s not all, because the report left almost nothing to the imagination when it comes to the next iPhone, even saying that it will be called the iPhone 12s instead of the iPhone 13. Other sources named in the round-up include Jon Prosser, Ming-Chi Kuo, and WSJ.
It’s going to come in a similar chassis, although it’s going to be 0.26mm thicker, according to Weinbach. But according to Prosser, it might actually be port-less, with Apple removing the Lightning port entirely in favor of wireless charging. Prosser said there’s about a 70% chance of this, and Weinbach said that Apple is putting stronger MagSafe magnets in the handset, so it’s really doubling down on that.
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As usual, there are camera changes coming. The ultra-wide sensor is going to get a lot better, changing from f/2.4 to f/1.8; so it should get better low-light performance, something that was criticized in previous models. Another notable change is that the iPhone 12s Pro telephoto lens will match the one on the Pro Max; so there won’t be a difference like there was with the iPhone 12 Pro. Finally, the company is working on portrait mode video for this year, something Android phones have been able to do since the Snapdragon 865.
Citing Ming-Chi Kuo, the report said that Apple is going to include a vapor chamber inside of the new iPhones. This should help to keep them cool. Another change is that the notch should be a bit smaller, but only in terms of height.
Right now, we should be about seven months away from when Apple actually shows these things off. You can expect that as we get closer to the likely September launch event, leaks will become more and more frequent.
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