Leak: iPhone 12 Pro to have 120Hz high-refresh rate display, improved cameras and better Face ID

In collaboration with Max Weinbach, EverythingApplePro has posted some new information about the upcoming iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models due to be released later this year.

The 6.1″ and 6.7″ iPhone 12 Pro models will sport a 120Hz ProMotion display, an upgrade from the current 60Hz. It will dynamically change between 60Hz and 120Hz, in a move to preserve battery life, and will effectively borrow the ProMotion feature from the iPad Pro. Describing this, Philip says that “it was quite clear that, since the beginning, engineers wanted either 120Hz or 60Hz… no in between [90Hz]”. To help with this, according to Ben Geskin, Apple may be switching to a triple-layered logic board to make room for the larger battery.

Due to this, Apple is expected to include a 4400mAH (or larger) battery in the 6.7″ iPhone 12 Pro Max. The battery will grow in capacity to maintain good battery life with the more powerful display technology and 5G.

iPhone 12 & 12 Pro Features

  • Improved Face ID with wider angles
  • Smaller notch with smaller Face ID
  • iPad Pro-like, boxy design
  • 5G cellular technology
  • OLED 60Hz and 120Hz displays
  • Improved Night Mode
  • Improved Smart HDR
  • Dual logic board
  • 4400+maH battery (Pro Max)
  • Low light Slow Mo upgrades
  • Improved Long Exposure
  • 3x telephoto zoom
  • LiDAR sensor for photos & AR
  • A14 Bionic processor
  • Midnight Blue colour

The notch will most definitely be getting smaller, by up to a third of its current size whilst gaining a wider angle of use allowing for FaceID to be used successfully in a greater number of natural positions. Face ID could be ale to crop into some facial features using a technology called ‘Dynamic Zoning Algorithms’, and track them.

Apple won’t use a 64MP sensor that was being tested earlier this year, but will stick with 12MP. They seemingly ran into quality issues with the sensor and the autofocus capabilities. However, Apple looks to improve current features, like Night Mode, with that being a “major priority”. Telephoto zoom will be upgraded from 2x to 3x and Smart HDR is set to receive updates that help reduce noise in dark images.

An improved Electronic Image Stabilisation will help to reduce the chance of overlapping photos in night mode, better subject detection, and better slow motion in the dark thanks to changes in the sensor and several software tweaks. Long exposure and white balance have also seen developments.

Portrait mode video may also be making its way to the iPhone depending on testing but this might be delayed until 2021 or a future iOS 14 update.

The 12 Pro models will come in a new ‘Midnight Blue’ colour, which is set to replace Midnight Green that was introduced with the iPhone 11 Pro. The Pro is set to start at $999 and Pro Max at $1099.

Authors: JP Creer and Ben Ward

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