If you ever thought that Apple’s smartphone lineup wasn’t diverse enough then you might be in for a treat. For the year 2020, Apple might be giving us six new variants on the iPhone 12, as opposed to the three we’re used to seeing. How did this come to be? Let’s find out.
The earlier iPhones only had a single variant and that was all that you got from Apple. However, that changed as Apple started offering 2 versions in 2014 with the launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. That continued till 2017 when Apple introduced 3 variants of the device with the launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.
This trend has continued till 2019 but it seems like it’s all about to change next year with a whopping 6 variants. This has been claimed by a Rosenblatt analyst, Jun Zhang in his research report. According to Zhang, the six different variants of the iPhone 12 will be as follows:
- iPhone 12 (4G) with a 6.1″ LCD display with dual rear cameras.
- iPhone 12 Pro (4G) with a 5.4″ OLED display with dual rear cameras.
- iPhone 12 Pro Plus (4G) with a 6.1″ OLED display with triple rear cameras plus ToF.
- iPhone 12 Pro (5G) with a 5.4″ OLED display with dual rear cameras.
- iPhone 12 Pro Plus (5G) with a 6.1″ OLED display with triple rear cameras plus ToF.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max (5G) with a 6.1″ OLED display with triple rear cameras plus ToF.
This seems like a strange and confusing new lineup if you ask me. What further baffles me is the fact that the 5G variants of the iPhone 12 Pro Plus and the iPhone 12 Pro Max don’t seem to have any difference whatsoever in their displays and cameras but still have different names. So does that mean Apple will sell the same phone with different names in the market? Probably not.
In case you took this too seriously, I would like to remind you that this just so happens to be a really early speculation of a device that still has over 9 months in its official launch. And as far as I know about early speculations, they’re not that much accurate. Sure, we can believe that there will be more than 3 variants of the next iPhone. We can even believe that there will be separate 5G variants of the top-end models.
However, the models listed with their screens and camera specs, as listed above, is a bit hard to be convinced about. As the launch date will draw nearer, we’ll probably get more accurate leaks and speculations regarding the specs of the next iPhone. We’ll probably even get leaked images and renders as well of the models to come. Till then it’s safe to assume that these won’t be variants that we’ll get to see in the coming year.