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iPhone 12 series prices leak: Apple may not charge for 5G

Apple is reportedly not charging the premium for 5G connectivity on its upcoming 5G iPhone models.

twitter-logo Shubham Verma   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 1, 2020  | 11:51 IST
iPhone 12 Pro Max render (Source: @BenGeskin/ Twitter)

Highlights

  • Apple may not charge the 5G premium on the upcoming iPhone 12 series.
  • The low-tier iPhone 12 model could start at $649.
  • The top-end iPhone 12 Pro Max model will, however, be priced at $1,099.

iPhone 12 rumours have piled up already, ranging from terming the launch of the series to be delayed to the speculations suggesting the devices could be on track for their launch. Now, a fresh leak has claimed what the iPhone 12 series models will be priced, also stating Apple could do away with the premium for the 5G connectivity. Apple's 5G iPhone models are unlikely to be costlier than their previous-generation models, per the leak.

Renowned tipster Jon Prosser has claimed, citing the sources that "nailed the iPhone SE launch date", the iPhone 12 series will start at $649 (roughly 49,000). Several leaks have previously said there could be four iPhone models under the upcoming 5G series -- the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will be priced at $649, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 will start at $749 (roughly Rs 56,500), the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will bear a price tag of $999 (roughly Rs 75,400), and, finally, the top-end iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display size will cost $1,099 (roughly Rs 83,000).

It is too early to speculate iPhone 12 series pricing but the tipster is at it, for good mostly. If the leaked prices are anything to go by, the iPhone 12 will not be as much expensive as they are expected to be. Considering how 5G will be significant to the iPhone 12 lineup, the speculations around its pricing were majorly pointing towards a steep hike. The two low-end iPhone 12 models will have 5G but their pricing is way under $800 -- something that could catapult the sales of the upcoming series during the times when consumers are believed to be losing their appetite for smartphones, let alone the premium ones.

Of course, the Indian pricing for the aforementioned models will not be a mere currency translation since Apple sees the dollar-rupee conversion a little differently. On top of that conversion theory, Apple has to pay an array of taxes (customs duty and GST) to be able to sell its iPhone models in India. While the premium pricing for the iPhone models deters customers from picking one for themselves, Apple has tried to keep the prices down, at least for its low-tier iPhone models. In fact, Apple has segregated iPhone models to offer an affordable device to suit the masses in countries such as India. Its latest iPhone SE 2020 -- the successor to the iPhone SE -- is the latest example.

Prosser has divulged some extra information on the upcoming iPhone 12 series, including 5G support that could be available on all the models. The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model (codenamed D52G) will have an OLED display, two rear cameras, and 5G support. The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 (codenamed D53G) will also have an OLED display, two cameras, and 5G support. Furthermore, the iPhone 12 Pro (codenamed D53P) will have a 6.1-inch OLED display, three rear cameras, a LiDAR sensor, and support for 5G. Finally, the iPhone 12 Pro Max (codenamed D54P) will feature a 6.7-inch OLED display, three cameras, a LiDAR sensor, and 5G support.

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