After a month-long delay that moved it from its traditional September time slot, the annual iPhone event is almost here. PT, Apple will kick off its "Hi, Speed" event and we'll get the first official look at the iPhone 12. Update 10:20 am ET: Added new information about Face ID and optical zoom. But as usual, very little about it is unknown. We've been hearing rumors about the iPhone 12 for over a year now and a pretty complete picture of the new handsets has emerged over the last few weeks. So if you like surprises, stop reading.
With September's (unconfirmed but very probable) iPhone event right around the corner, the iPhone rumor mill is in its penultimate stage, and this means anything is possible. A report from the Nikkei Asian Review, citing a source familiar with the company's plans, claims Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2017, one of which will be a 5.5-inch device or larger with both sides curved, similar to Samsung's Galaxy Note7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge. SEE ALSO: The iPhone's Retina display isn't good enough anymore The source predicted the other two phones will be flat-screened 4.7 and 5.5 inches in size -- the sizes of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus -- which would mean Apple is about to replicate Samsung's strategy, which first launched the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014 as a high-end, slightly experimental alternative to the classic Galaxy S and Note devices. While the report does not explicitly state it, this would also mean Apple would have to switch to an OLED display (instead of an LCD) for the curvy iPhone, and that's been rumored for quite some time as well. The rumor has no other details about the 2017 iPhones, and it should definitely be taken with a grain of salt, as we've yet to learn what this year's iPhone lineup looks like.
Dow Jones is reporting that Apple will unveil its 2017 iPhone lineup at a special event scheduled for Tuesday, September 12. While Apple has yet to issue official invites for the event, the September 12th date does align with previous rumors that recently emerged over the past few days. Assuming that the September 12 date is in fact accurate, Apple in just about two weeks will introduce a brand new iPhone 7s and an iPhone 7s Plus. Of course, it goes without saying that the main attraction at Apple's upcoming event will be the highly anticipated iPhone 8, a device which may very well usher in the largest iPhone refresh Apple has ever seen. At this point, it's no secret what the iPhone 8 will bring to the table.
It's spring, which means the flowers are blooming, we've got our light jackets on (or no jackets), and most importantly: iPhone 7 rumors are leaking -- pretty much every day. Apple's next flagship iPhone(s) aren't expected to be unveiled until September, but the Internet is already awash with lots and lots of purported specs and leaked photos of the devices. SEE ALSO: Why you shouldn't believe every single iPhone'leak' and rumor Which ones are real and which ones are fake? Hard to tell, but we've gathered together the most prominent ones and put on our detective hats to suss out the likely ones. Based on rumors, Apple will likely release two versions of the iPhone 7, one with a 4.7-inch screen and a "Plus" (or "Pro") with a 5.5-inch screen.
The iPhone 12 is impressive. Some of its new features may sound evolutionary, but they hit all the right spots. The iPhone 12 has a new super-hard glass, a new design that makes it more compact and lighter than before, a new Super Retina XDR display, a super-fast A14 processor, 5G, improved cameras on all fronts, and MagSafe tech that opens up a bunch of new possibilities. But at $799, the iPhone 12 is also more expensive than the iPhone 11 was at launch, and that's a bit of a disappointment. The iPhone 11 was a massive change in Apple's strategy.