Apple iPhone 12 Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Specs and Design Rumor Round-up

This TechPinas post aims to collate all relevant insider information, leaks, and rumors about the Apple iPhone 12 Series. Trust that we'll update this entry every time we hear fresh news about the Cupertino company's much-anticipated 2020 flagship handset line.

Note, however, that all details presented in this article have yet to be confirmed by Apple. All official details about the 2020 iPhone, including its design, specs, price schedule, and release date - among others - will come from Apple and Apple alone.

Overview

The Apple iPhone 12 Series represents the latest iteration to the American tech giant's best-selling ultra-premium smartphone offering. Sporting more powerful technical specifications, this will supersede the well-received 2019 Apple iPhone 11 Series, which is made up of the Apple iPhone 11, Apple iPhone 11 Pro, and Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple iPhone 12

Update as of October 14, 2020:

Apple Inc. has just been officially unveiled the entire Apple iPhone 12 Series - made up of the Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Mini, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max - through a virtual event streamed live on all of the Cupertino company's social media accounts.

As it turned out, almost all of the previous rumors and leaks that we published on TechPinas last August 2020 were proven accurate expect for the Navy Blue color for the Pro which ended up being called "Pacific Blue" by Apple as well as the name of the smallest variant which called "Apple iPhone 12 Mini", among a few other things.

I have already published dedicated posts for all of the models released, including their technical specifications and prices in the United States, so if you're interested, kindly used our search bar to check out those entries.

For now, allow me to give a brief introduction about each of the four iPhone 12 Series handsets just to give you a good picture of what they can offer as an upgrade to your current iPhone.

2020 Apple iPhone 12 Philippines
Apple iPhone 12 Mini, Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, respectively.

What's common in all Apple iPhone 12 Series Models?

Looking at their design and technical specifications, there are several things that are common about all four versions, which are:

1. They all come with the same design language which looks like a cross between the Apple iPhone 5 from 2012 and the Apple iPhone 11 from 2019. The face and back look like the iPhones from last year but the sides are structured instead of curved just like the iPhone from seven years ago.

2. Despite having different amounts of RAM and internal storage, all models are powered by the all-new Apple Bionic A14 processor, which is arguably the most powerful mobile chipset currently, enabling top-notch gaming and overall performance, all while powering all the models' industry-leading photography and video recording capabilities.

3. All models share the same front-facing camera module that's made up of a 12 MegaPixel f/2.2 selfie cam plus an SL 3D Depth and Biometrics Sensor that enables Facial Recognition and better depth mapping for more natural looking background blur. The front-camera also shoots 4K videos at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second or FullHD 1080p clips at 24, 30, 60, and 120 fps.

4. Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Mini, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max are all 5G-enabled and can work with the ultra-fast 5G networks of the two top telecommunications companies in the Philippines that are currently available in select parts of the country. Although, the Pro models come with Millimeter Wave technology that boosts 5G download speeds up to 4Gbps.

5. The 2020 Apple iPhone 12 series supports MagSafe accessories that magnetically attach or snap-on to their rear panel, enabling 15W Qi wireless charging.

6. Blue is the newest colorway implemented on the Apple iPhone 12 Series, which I particularly love because Blue is my favorite color. Earlier rumors called this specific hue "Navy Blue" but Apple ended up going with "Pacific Blue" for the Pro variants and just "Blue" for the Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone12 Mini.

2020 Apple iPhone 12 Philippines
Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max have three cameras plus a LIDAR sensor at the back while Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 12 Mini only have two rear shooters.

2020 Apple iPhone 12 Series Technical Specifications Comparison Table

As promised, I'd like to present to you all the technical specs, main features, official US prices, and Philippine price guesstimates of the four models under this year's Apple iPhone 12 line. I presented the data in a comparison table so you can clearly see the key differences between each variant. Note that the amount of RAM as well as the exact capacity of each iPhone 12 model weren't officially disclosed by Apple but were discovered by tech bloggers and insiders by looking into FCC product registration files among other documents.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Table
Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Dimensions 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight 135 grams 164 grams 189 grams 228 grams
Display 5.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 476 ppi, 19.5:9, HDR10, 1200 nits Max Brightness, Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision 6.1 inches, 1170 x 2532 pixels, 460 ppi, 19.5:9, HDR10, 1200 nits Max Brightness, Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision 6.1 inches, 1170 x 2532 pixels, 460 ppi, 19.5:9, HDR10, 1200 nits Max Brightness, Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision 6.7 inches, 1284 x 2778 pixels, 460 ppi, 19.5:9, HDR10, 1200 nits Max Brightness, Super Retina XDR OLED, Dolby Vision
Screen to Body Ratio 85.1% 86% 86% 87.4%
Screen Protection Scratch-Resistant Glass with Ceramic Shield Scratch-Resistant Glass with Ceramic Shield Scratch-Resistant Glass with Ceramic Shield Scratch-Resistant Glass with Ceramic Shield
Front Selfie Camera Dual:

12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"

SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Dual:

12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"

SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Dual:

12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"

SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Dual:

12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6"

SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Rear Camera
Dual:

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"

Quad-LED Dual-Tone flash

HDR
Dual:

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"

Quad-LED Dual-Tone flash

HDR
Triple

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm Telephoto, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, Optical Image Stabilization, 4x Optical Zoom

12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"

TOF 3D LiDAR Depth Scanner

Quad-LED Dual-Tone flash

HDR
Triple:

12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm Telephoto, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, Optical Image Stabilization, 5x Optical Zoom

12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6"

TOF 3D LiDAR Depth Scanner

Quad-LED Dual-Tone flash

HDR
Video Recorder Front - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120fps, Gyro-EIS, Video HDR

Back - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, Stereo Sound, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), Video HDR
Front - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120fps, Gyro-EIS, Video HDR

Back - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, Stereo Sound, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), Video HDR
Front - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120fps, Gyro-EIS, Video HDR

Back - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, Stereo Sound, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), Video HDR
Front - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120fps, Gyro-EIS, Video HDR

Back - 4K 2160p 24/30/60fps, FullHD 1080p 30/60/120/240fps, HDR, OIS, Stereo Sound, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), Video HDR
Current Operating System iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14 iOS 14
Chipset 5nm Hexa-Core Apple A14 Bionic 5nm Hexa-Core Apple A14 Bionic 5nm Hexa-Core Apple A14 Bionic 5nm Hexa-Core Apple A14 Bionic
GPU Quad Core Apple GPU Quad Core Apple GPU Quad Core Apple GPU Quad Core Apple GPU
RAM 4GB 4GB 6GB 4GB
ROM NVMe 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
microSD Card Slot None None None None
Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 2,227 mAh Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 2,815 mAh Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 2,815 mAh Battery Non-Removable Li-Ion 3,969 mAh Battery
Battery Life Multimedia Use - 15 Hours

Music Playback - 50 Hours
Multimedia Use - 17 Hours

Music Playback - 65 Hours
Multimedia Use - 17 Hours

Music Playback - 65 Hours
Multimedia Use - 20 Hours

Music Playback - 80 Hours
Fast Charging 20W Fast Wired Charging (50% in 30 Minutes)

15W Wireless Charging via MagSafe
20W Fast Wired Charging (50% in 30 Minutes)

15W Wireless Charging via MagSafe
20W Fast Wired Charging (50% in 30 Minutes)

15W Wireless Charging via MagSafe
20W Fast Wired Charging (50% in 30 Minutes)

15W Wireless Charging via MagSafe
Charging Port Lightning Port Lightning Port Lightning Port Lightning Port
WiFi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
4G LTE Yes, 4G LTE-A Yes, 4G LTE-A Yes, 4G LTE-A Yes, 4G LTE-A
5G Yes Yes Yes, mmWave - A2341 Yes, mmWave - A2341
SIM Single nanoSIM Single nanoSIM Single nanoSIM Single nanoSIM
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Scanner None None None None
Facial Recognition Yes, Face ID Yes, Face ID Yes, Face ID Yes, Face ID
Protection Against The Elements IP68 Water (6 Meters, 30 Minutes) and Dust Resistant IP68 Water (6 Meters, 30 Minutes) and Dust Resistant IP68 Water (6 Meters, 30 Minutes) and Dust Resistant IP68 Water (6 Meters, 30 Minutes) and Dust Resistant
Colors Black, White, Red, Green, Blue Black, White, Red, Green, Blue Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue Silver, Graphite, Gold, Pacific Blue
Build Aluminum, Glass Aluminum, Glass Stainless Steel, Glass Stainless Steel, Glass
Availability October 23, 2020 in Key Markets

Philippines - November, Guesstimate
October 23, 2020 in Key Markets

Philippines - November, Guesstimate
October 23, 2020 in Key Markets

Philippines - November, Guesstimate
October 23, 2020 in Key Markets

Philippines - November, Guesstimate
Price as of April 24, 2020 Official Retail Prices via Apple Online Store in US

64GB - $699 USD
128GB - $749 USD
256GB - $849 USD

Philippines Price Guesstimates
64GB - PHP 47,990
128GB - PHP 50,990
256GB - PHP 56,990
Official Retail Prices via Apple Online Store in US

64GB - $799 USD
128GB - $849 USD
256GB - $949 USD

Philippines Price Guesstimates
64GB - PHP 53,990
128GB - PHP 56,990
256GB - PHP 62,990
Official Retail Prices via Apple Online Store in US

128GB - $999 USD
256GB - $1,099 USD
512GB - $1,299 USD

Philippines Price Guesstimates
64GB - PHP 67,990
128GB - PHP 77,990
256GB - PHP 90,990
Official Retail Prices via Apple Online Store in US

128GB - $1,099 USD
256GB - $1,199 USD
512GB - $1,399 USD

Philippines Price Guesstimates
64GB - PHP 74,990
128GB - PHP 83,990
256GB - PHP 96,990

Previous Rumor Round-up:

Nomenclature

There have been rumors that Apple will call the 2020 iPhone series as "Apple iPhone 20" to match Samsung's Galaxy S20 and Note20 naming system. However, various Apple insiders have noted that Apple has never followed the lead of other companies in their product nomenclature and that will stay true for the next iPhone line. They say that the US company will stick to its timeline and call its next handset line "The Apple iPhone 12".

Apple iPhone 12 Models

Various leaks have pointed to a possible quad model plan of Apple for the iPhone 12. It is believed that the company will launch four new iPhones this year, which include Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Max, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you remember, the iPhone 11 Series from 2019 only had three models.

Apple iPhone 12

Design Identity, Build, and Color Options

Based on leaked images of the iPhone 12 metal frame and back panel glass sheets, many Apple fans and product concept makers are inclined to believe that the overarching design identity of the iPhone 12 Series will be a mix of what we currently see on the iPhone 11's front and back look and the Apple iPhone 4 and 4s' thick and structured side frame. They say that the camera module will have the same "squircle" design and upper left corner placement at the rear but the identifying physical characteristic of the iPhone 12 will be its flat sides with chamfered edges as shown in this blog post's first image.

It is rumored that Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max's mid-frame will be made of Aluminum while Apple iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have it in more premium Stainless Steel.

As for the colors, Gold, Silver, Space Gray, and Navy are the expected hues for the 2020 iPhone 12 Series. I believe will come with a matte finish and metallic sheen, adding to these devices' air of elegance and corporate sophistication.

Key Technical Specifications

Insiders claim that all models in the iPhone 12 Series will be powered by the all-new Apple A14 Bionic processor.

Apple iPhone 12 will have 5.4-inch Super Retina OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a 2,227 mAh battery pack. Apple iPhone 12 Max will sport a larger 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and a 2,775 mAh battery. These two models will come with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options.

The more expensive Apple iPhone 12 Pro will have a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with 120 Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, and 2,775 mAh battery. Finally, the most premium of the four, Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max sports the largest 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR 120Hz display, 6GB of RAM, and 3,687 mAh battery pack. Both of these Pro iPhones will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB variants.

Rear Cameras

Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max are believed to share the same Dual Rear Camera module made up of a more powerful Main Camera and a secondary Ultra-Wide-Angle shooter.

It is said that Apple iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will both have a Triple Rear camera set-up plus a Lidar Depth Sensor. A powerful Main shooter, a secondary Telephoto Zoom camera, and an Ultra-Wide-Angle snapper are expected to make up this trio.

The Apple iPhone 12 Series' Apple A14 Bionic processor is believed to provide these models enhanced artificial intelligence and improved HDR capabilities both for taking stills and recording videos.

5G Mobile Connectivity

All models in the Apple iPhone 12 Series are said to support ultra-fast 5G mobile data speeds, which means that network carriers around the globe can bundle them with their new 5G postpaid plans.

However, insiders claim that only Apple iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with 5G mmWave technology that supports up to a whopping 2GBps. To put this innovation in context, regular 5G speeds only max out at 1GBps.

Apple iPhone 12 Prices

Apple iPhone 12 Prices

Earlier this year, insiders claimed that models in the iPhone 12 Series will be priced as follows:

Apple iPhone 12 Prices
64GB - $749 USD
128GB - $799 USD
256GB - $899 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Max Prices
64GB - $949 USD
128GB - $899 USD
256GB - $999 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Prices
128GB - $1049 USD
256GB - $1149 USD
512GB - $1349 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Prices
128GB - $1149 USD
256GB - $1249 USD
512GB - $1449 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Prices

However, following the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing global quarantine procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, a new iPhone 12 Price Schedule leaked and what's great is that the projected prices for both Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Max have been lowered.

Apple iPhone 12 Prices
64GB - $699 USD
128GB - $749 USD
256GB - $849 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Max Prices
64GB - $799 USD
128GB - $849 USD
256GB - $949 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Prices
128GB - $1049 USD
256GB - $1149 USD
512GB - $1349 USD

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Prices
128GB - $1149 USD
256GB - $1249 USD
512GB - $1449 USD

I certainly hope that Apple's official prices for the iPhone 12 Series are closer to the second rumored price schedule so more consumers could avail of these new handsets, especially the Apple iPhone 12. Currently, $699 USD converts to around PHP 33,900, which means that - if the updated price leak is accurate - Apple iPhone 12 64GB should be priced at less than PHP 40,000 at retail.

Apple iPhone 12 Release Date and Announcement

The Apple iPhone 11 was unveiled on September 10, 2019 and was released in the Philippines on October 25, 2019.

This year, perhaps due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 12 come the latter part of October 2020. Hence, I'm personally expecting this flagship handset series to be launched here in the Philippines by December or during the peak of the Yuletide Season, just in time for our Holiday Gadget Shopping. Hopefully, the COVID-19 situation will be a lot better by then.

To wrap up, let me remind you - again - that all information presented above come from mere leaks, rumors, and insider updates. All official information about the Apple iPhone 12, Apple iPhone 12 Max, Apple iPhone 12 Pro, and Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max will come directly from Apple.

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