End of the suspense: it’s this Tuesday evening, October 13, that Apple will finally present its new iPhone to the world. Smartphones that are long awaited, and that should arrive more numerous this year. Let’s recap what to expect.

Starting at 7pm, the annual high mass will take place. Tim Cook will present his new iPhone models a month late. But they may not be alone on stage. He whispers that Apple is also planning to take the opportunity to unveil a new version of the HomePod, and unveil a newcomer in the landscape of the apple brand’s products.

An enlarged iPhone range


The first rumor about the new iPhone, and also the most persistent over the months, is that there will be four models instead of three. Apple is said to be planning one more iPhone for the public, enough to satisfy all budgets. A 5.4-inch “Mini” model would be added to the catalog. Two 6.1-inch models would also be on the program. One would be called iPhone 12 and would succeed the iPhone 11. The other should be named iPhone 12 Pro and would take the place of … the iPhone 11 Pro. Finally, logically, the iPhone 12 Pro Max would also be introduced. It would see its screen size changed from 6.5 to 6.7 inches.

In terms of design, very few changes in perspective. The notch reserved for Face ID would not be changed, except on the smallest model, which would see the notch reduced. Apple would have opted this year for a chassis reminiscent of its iPad Pro. Goodbye to curves and give way to sharp and angular edges. This is reminiscent of what we already found on the iPhone from model 4 to model 5 SE.

For a long time, there was a rumor that the Pro models had a 120 Hz refresh rate. A rumor that seemed more than credible, since almost all Android devices are starting to adopt the technology. However, it seems that this is not the case this year at Apple. Nothing official, of course, but the absence of 120 Hz would be due to autonomy problems. The iPhone have finally become very good in this area with the arrival of the 11 series, and it would be a shame not to continue on this path. Maybe for next year? Still on the screen, all the 2020 iPhone should be equipped with an Oled panel, a treatment reserved until now for the Pro models.

The new A14 chip will of course be part of the game. Introduced with the announcement of the iPad Air 4 last month, the home-grown processor will equip all iPhone 12s, providing increased possibilities for augmented reality – dear to Apple’s heart. In addition, the A14 will serve as an engine for photo modules, offering more possibilities and capabilities, especially in terms of telephoto lenses. In addition, the supposed presence of a lidar sensor (on Pro models) should take full advantage of the iPhone’s new processor. With this new homemade chip, the iPhone 12 would be the sign of the arrival of 5G. All models should benefit from it, but it could be that only the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be able to take full advantage of it. Starting at 7pm, the annual high mass will take place. Tim Cook will present his new iPhone models one month late. But they might not be alone on stage. He whispers that Apple is also planning to take the opportunity to unveil a new version of the HomePod, and unveil a newcomer in the landscape of the apple brand’s products.

An enlarged iPhone range
The first rumor about the new iPhone, and also the most persistent over the months, is that there will be four models instead of three. Apple is said to be planning one more iPhone for the public, enough to satisfy all budgets. A 5.4-inch “Mini” model would be added to the catalog. Two 6.1-inch models would also be on the program. One would be called iPhone 12 and would succeed the iPhone 11. The other should be named iPhone 12 Pro and would take the place of … the iPhone 11 Pro. Finally, logically, the iPhone 12 Pro Max would also be introduced. It would see its screen size changed from 6.5 to 6.7 inches.

In terms of design, very few changes in perspective. The notch reserved for Face ID would not be changed, except on the smallest model, which would see the notch reduced. Apple would have opted this year for a chassis reminiscent of its iPad Pro. Goodbye to curves and give way to sharp and angular edges. This is reminiscent of what we already found on the iPhone from model 4 to model 5 SE.

For a long time, there was a rumor that the Pro models had a 120 Hz refresh rate. A rumor that seemed more than credible, since almost all Android devices are starting to adopt the technology. However, it seems that this is not the case this year at Apple. Nothing official, of course, but the absence of 120 Hz would be due to autonomy problems. The iPhone have finally become very good in this area with the arrival of the 11 series, and it would be a shame not to continue on this path. Maybe for next year? Still on the screen, all the 2020 iPhone should be equipped with an Oled panel, a treatment reserved until now for the Pro models.

The new A14 chip will of course be part of the game. Introduced with the announcement of the iPad Air 4 last month, the home-grown processor will equip all iPhone 12s, providing increased possibilities for augmented reality – dear to Apple’s heart. In addition, the A14 will serve as an engine for photo modules, offering more possibilities and capabilities, especially in terms of telephoto lenses. In addition, the supposed presence of a lidar sensor (on Pro models) should take full advantage of the iPhone’s new processor. With this new homemade chip, the iPhone 12 would be the sign of the arrival of 5G. All models should benefit from it, but only the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max may be able to take full advantage of all bands.

Focus on audio


This October’s keynote will not only see smartphones on stage. It’s rumoured that Tim Cook and his teams would take the opportunity to present a new smart speaker. Probably named HomePod Mini, it should take up the codes and lines established with the first HomePod released in 2018. The small speaker would bear its name well, since according to some sources, it would measure 8.3 cm high, half the height of the current HomePod. Inside, it’s the Apple Watch Series 5 chip that would bring it to life. Above all, this HomePod’s main strength would come from its support for third-party music services. One of the main grievances against the first HomePod, which only lived thanks to Apple Music, would therefore be on the way to being settled.

In addition to a speaker, Apple could unveil its first headphones under its own name. A name is circulating: Airpods Studio, taking the name of one of the headphones models, Beats – which belongs to Apple. These new headphones would offer Active Noise Reduction (ANC) and would have been designed to be reversible. This means that the earcups can be placed on any of your ears. Two versions would be planned: an “entry-level” one, which would be placed at the same price as the Sony or Bose headphones, and a more expensive one, around 600 dollars. Be careful, however, not all sources agree on the presentation of these headphones during the keynote. Some say that it may have been postponed to a later date, for early 2021. According to Mark Gurman, Apple has been working on the project for more than three years. Waiting a few more months to come up with the perfect product doesn’t seem to be out of the question.

A new kind of accessory?


Last weekend, a major data leak from Weibo, the “Chinese Twitter”, reported that Apple might introduce two new charging accessories with its iPhone. Two wireless chargers named MagSafe could be unveiled this Tuesday, October 13. If the name sounds familiar, that’s normal. Indeed, it’s the one worn by the chargers of the old MacBook, which magnetically landed on your computer to charge it.

The new MagSafe and MagSafe Duo would magnetically attach to the back of the iPhone 12 and would only work with the latter. Wireless fast charging at 15 W would be offered, double the current allowed.

Finally, Apple could take the opportunity to finally announce the release date of the iPad Air 4, presented during the September keynote. Since the tablet is powered by the A14 chip, there is a good chance that it will be made available at the same time as the new iPhone.