An Apple gaming console could be in the works to compete with the mighty Microsoft Xbox One and the formidable Sony PlayStation 5. The iPhone 12 is poised to take the world by storm in September, giving the COVID-ridden world a glimmer of hope to rejoice upon. Here’s everything we know so far, and you should too!
A young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak set up shop in the humble garage to break the chain of tyranny that the IBM and Microsoft built. The reason Apple has transcended the expectations of consumers and investors alike is its ability to reinvent the wheel and whip out unconventional ideas. While not all of those ideas have always panned out to be a steaming success, the Cupertino company hasn’t ceased to amaze the fanboys by bringing more to the creative table than any other contender in its space.
The Coronavirus pandemic has riddled life as we know it – disrupting businesses, livelihood, and social life all over the world. However, globalization isn’t going anywhere, which is why Apple Inc. is pushing full steam ahead, working on the annual launch event for the 2020 version of the iPhone 12. But that’s not the only report coming out of the Apple camp, as rumors about Apple entering the gaming space is gaining traction. What has turned out to be a bummer of a year, might just be saved by the bell being rung by Apple with the latest set of rumors and leaks.
Apple Enters the Gaming Console Wars
Back in the 90s, the console war kicked off with Sony and Microsoft fighting to the teeth with the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Apple was picking up speed in the computers space, and with plenty of ambition to ride the hype, the company paired up with the Japanese gaming studio Bandai to release the Apple Bandai Pippin arcade console. Running a proprietary version of the Macintosh platform, the console crashed and burned in terms of sales.
More than two decades later and after conquering the mobile market singlehandedly, Apple is rumored to enter the gaming industry once again. A popular leaker who goes by the name of MauriQHD suggests that Apple is reportedly working to release a gaming console to rival the giants of this year – the Microsoft Xbox X Series and the Sony PlayStation 5. The leak suggests the Apple gaming console will run an ARM-based chipset to power up the high-flying graphic action.
The current-generation Apple TV 6th generation is running the A12X Bionic chipset with a built-in cooling system to keep the system humming. Hence, making the leap towards a gaming console is within the realm of possibilities, and game developers would be ecstatic to jump on board with Apple for an exclusive title launch. After venturing into the world of streaming entertainment to compete with Netflix and Amazon with Apple TV+, the company is all set to get into the gaming industry.
iPhone 12 – Everything you need to know
It has been one doozy of a year for everyone, but it hasn’t deterred the yearly launch of the new iPhone, which happens each September. While there have been delays in production which might just trickle down to a delayed launch too, the Apple iPhone 12 and its variants are poised to come out this year nonetheless. As the release date creeps closer, and the release of iOS 14 Beta gives us a better idea of what to expect software-wise, there’s a lot we know about the iPhone 12 and here’s a tell-all.
iPhone 12 Design – Flattening the Curves
A throwback to the iPhone 4 which came with symmetric lines along with curve on the edges, the iPhone 12 is expected to the bring the same in 2020. A popular Apple analyst out of Taiwan, Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the new iPhone will come with a design that resembles the latest generation of iPad Pro. With a bezel formed with new trenching and injection molding method, the square-edged steel frame along with glass on the back and front is expected this year.
A Japanese website that focuses on everything Apple, Mac Otakara confirms that the 6.7-inch iPhone will be 7.4mm thick, making it quite a bit slimmer than the 8.1mm thick iPhone 11 Pro Max in the market right now. The iPhone 12 is also rumored to be taller than the 11 Pro Max. The 5.4-inch version of iPhone eight is expected to be around the height of the 2020 iPhone SE and the older iPhone 8. The 5.4-inch, 6.7-inch, and one more 6.1-inch iPhone might make its way out this year.
iPhone 12 – Quad Camera Incoming
According to reports, the 2020 iPhone 12 will feature new “high-end” lenses produced by a Taiwanese company called Largan Precision. The standard iPhone 12 version will most likely feature a primary and ultrawide camera sequence, similar to the iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 Pro variants will get the dual cameras along with a telephoto lens. An additional LiDAR depth sensor, which first appeared on the iPad Pro 2020 model, will be a first for the iPhone and make Apple’s stylized photo effects and AR services work better.
Reverse engineering iOS 14 Beta version has also brought out some expected features. One of these is the ability to record in 4K at 120fps or 240fps. The current generation iPhone 11 series, along with the iPhone SE 2020 edition, can record 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps. The presence of a more powerful A14 Bionic processor that expected to debut on the iPhone 12 will most likely bring a better video recording quality with it.
iPhone 12 – Multiple Models
We’ve known since 2019 that the iPhone 12 will be released in 4 different variants, and with the release inching closer, more details have surfaced. Moreover, the 5G network standard is expected to be adopted all across the 4 variants of the iPhone 12, although the support for all the basebands is still cloudy.
iPhone 12: The entry-level iPhone 12 will feature a 5.4-inch OLED display with rumored screen resolution of 2340×1080. It is expected for the screen to feature Y-OCTA technology, meaning that the touch sensor is built into the display. In terms of hardware, the iPhone 12 is rumored to pack an A14 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB to 256GB of storage. Similar to the iPhone 11, the base model will sport dual rear cameras, and drop the telephoto in the Pro models.
iPhone 12 Max: The 6.1-inch iPhone will highlight the same hardware as the standard iPhone 12 model with an A14 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of ROM with dual rear cameras. The most significant difference will be the display and battery size, both of which will see a boost. The iPhone 12 Max will have a much larger, flexible 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2532×1170 pixels.
iPhone 12 Pro: The 6.1-inch flexible OLED display on this model could be the first iPhone to feature 10-bit color support. It will star a 2532×1170 resolution along with the in-display touch, Y-OCTA technology. There’s also a chance this iPhone’s screen could hold a 120Hz refresh rate. Expect 6GB RAM in the A14-powered model with storage options from 128GB to 512GB. The Pro series is expected to bring three rear cameras, highlighted by a 64MP primary sensor, along with a LiDAR time-of-flight sensor that will improve the performance of iPhone AR apps.
iPhone 12 Pro Max: You can expect the same RAM, ROM storage and camera features of the iPhone 12 Pro to make it to the Max version. However, the only significant changes would be a more prominent 6.7-inch OLED display. The resolution could be 2778×1824 pixels, and perhaps a 120Hz refresh rate could be a possibility.
iPhone 12 – Price and Release Date
For more than a decade, the Apple iPhone has made its way to the public in September, but the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to put an end to that streak. The latest rumor suggests a virtual launch, following in the footsteps of OnePlus, which could go out in the first week of September, with the sales finally beginning in October. Moreover, mass production of the iPhone 12 is also expected to be pushed back due to the lockdown restrictions in China, putting the cycle weeks behind the normal schedule.
Analyst Jon Prosser has reported that the 5.4-inch version of the iPhone 12 would debut at a comfortable price at $649, making it $50 cheaper than the current iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 Max that sports a larger 6.1-inch screen might cost $749 for retail. However, there is a conflicting report that suggests $749 price tag for the 5.4-inch iPhone 12. Presuming that the rumors of Apple ditching the charger and EarPods this year, the price would mean a steep increase to the end consumer.
Wrapping it Up
The general hype around the Apple iPhone is greater than any other smartphone ever made, which is why iPhone 12 leaks and rumors are being covered left and right. From the possibility of a new Navy-Blue color joining the ranks to the idea of a 120Hz refresh rate on the iPhone for the very first time – there’s plenty of speculation to go around. Whether you choose to get your hands on the latest version of the Apple iPhone is entirely up to you, but we’d go so far to say that it will be a significant upgrade over its predecessor. From a faster processor and better camera tech to a new and improved design, there’s a lot to look forward to.
Are you going to be the first in line to attend the virtual launch of the Apple iPhone 12, or would you rather wait it out this year? We’d love to know your thoughts on the upcoming iPhone, so do let us know in the comments.
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