Apple suddenly confirms surprise iPhone 12 update

06/27 Update below. This post was originally published on June 25.

The new iPhone 12 already looks like the most competitively priced smartphone of the year, and that was before Apple suddenly confirmed how it will now save you even more money.

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After a leak earlier this week that Apple will surprisingly include a 20W fast charger with the iPhone 12 (a massive step up from the iPhone 11’s 5W charger), Apple has confirmed the updated charger (and a second model) to the send it for certification in multiple countries.

06/27 Update: More good news for the iPhone 12 line. Samsung’s popular Ice Universe has revealed iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max almost certainly have ProMotion 120Hz displays. Why does a Samsung filter know this? Because Samsung Display supplies the vast majority of iPhone displays and is expected to deliver all iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max panels. High refresh rate displays provide a significantly smoother and more responsive user experience, and have been a hit on rival devices, making this a major recovery move by Apple. Plus, it could pave the way for Apple Pencil Support (recommended by many) that requires the 120Hz panel used in the iPad Pro range to reduce latency.

Discovered by MySmartPrice, the public certification process in Norway (NEMKO) has made the new Apple charger official and its model number (A2305) coincides with the leak of the iPhone 12. Documentation from NEMKO reveals the power delivery of the charger. 20W (9V x 2.22A), the USB-C port (5W iPhone 11 charger is USB-A) and it supports USB power delivery specification (USB-PD) so it should quickly charge smartphones rivals too.

In addition to this, both the NEMKO and Australian certification process have confirmed a second charger with identical specifications and the model number A2247. I suspect this will be assigned to the 20W chargers that Apple sells separately, though that’s just a hunch.

But the great news here is savings. The iPhone 12 is already $ 50 cheaper than its predecessor, and that phone requires you to spend another $ 50 for an Apple fast charger ($ 30 for the charger, $ 19 for the Lightning to USB-C cable). This year you will get a total savings of $ 100 and Apple’s quick chargers for 2019 were 18W, so there will also be a 10-12% power increase.

Combine all of this with the revealing display updates coming to the iPhone 12 and the recently renamed iPhone 12 Max and its leap to 5G (shared for the limited price of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which also get ProMotion 120Hz support and The LiDAR) and Apple sensors appear to be poised to impress competitors who have been paralyzed by mandatory chipset price hikes in 2020.

Now the only question left is: will the range look as good as expected?


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