Apple yesterday officially announced that it will host its second Fall New Product Launch Conference on October 13 at its Apple Park headquarters. No one doubts that the event will feature smartphones of the iPhone 12 line, as well as other hardware innovations.
iPhone 12 models may arrive with a fingerprint scanner on the side
Various sources have published an image of the iPhone 12 smartphone; which says that all modules of the new line can receive a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. However, if earlier, before the release of the iPhone X, it was located on the front panel below the screen, now the fingerprint sensor will be located on the side panel under the power button of the smartphone.
The power button with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner is located on the right side of the smartphone. This arrangement has long been used by many smartphone manufacturers. How convenient or inconvenient it is compared to a sub-screen scanner or a fingerprint sensor on the back is a matter of personal preference.
It is worth to mention that the Online store SellCell has recently conducted a survey of 2,000 American Android smartphone users, the results of which showed that one in three of them plans to buy an iPhone 12.
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Sources also claim that the capabilities of the smallest new iPhone 12 will be very weak compared to bigger models.
iPhone 12 mini performance may disappoint due to the Apple B14 chip
It is expected that among the new products there will be a place for the smallest iPhone; which can be called the iPhone 12 mini, and it will receive a 5.4-inch screen. This model has a chance to become the best-selling smartphone in the new series of Apple devices. Some cite a weaker chipset than the other members of the iPhone 12 line as a cost-cutting factor.
For example, network whistleblower @MauriQHD claims that Apple has created a mid-range B14 chip. Allegedly, its appearance was the result of the company’s desire to minimize the price tag and offer an affordable model. In fact, they took the Apple A14 Bionic as a basis, but “tightened” the frequency of the cores. It is possible that the iPhone 12 mini will not be the only smartphone of the company where the new chip will find its use. It may well be installed in the upcoming iPhone SE Plus also.
Apple B14 chip
They have a midrange chip ready 👀
idk if its the battery-saving-but-less-powerful A14 i´ve leaked before, or a whole new chip
for the iPhone 12 Mini maybe? SE2 Plus? SE3? idk
i´ve had it for months
but #AppleEvent in 14 hours.. cant risk it
— Mauri QHD (@MauriQHD) September 15, 2020
Worth noting that the “Mini” naming is not entirely new for the Cupertino-based firm. It already uses the Mini in the iPad and Mac computer lineups. The company even unveiled iPod Mini models in the past. So it’s not so shocking to see an iPhone12 Mini, even though this suffix has taken several years to reach the smartphone lineup. The company will likely keep the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max suffixes for the upcoming models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inches. These names were introduced last year with the iPhone 11 lineup.