Boxy iPhone 12 Pro concept packs ProMotion XDR display and PowerDrop

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Would you buy the iPhone 12 Pro if it looks like this?
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Another iPhone 12 Pro concept landed on YouTube this week to satiate Apple fans who just can’t wait for the real deal to be revealed this fall.

Created by the Hacker 34, the new iPhone 12 Pro concept offers a couple features not included on the drool-worthy concept we posted yesterday. Armed with a ProMotion XDR display, new quad-camera setup and two-way charging, this boxy concept will have you ready to open your wallet for the 5G iPhone, whenever it actually comes out.

Check it out:

Leading Apple analyst confident 5G iPhone will launch this fall

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2020 iPhone 12 concept has a 99% screen to body ratio.
Apple was well-prepared for a global pandemic.
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A leading Apple analyst is confident Apple will deliver its first iPhone with 5G this fall — despite a Wednesday report that suggested this year’s handsets could be delayed due to COVID-19.

“We have a different view,” wrote Gene Munster of Loup Ventures on Thursday. Muster has outlined several reasons why an iPhone refresh is still likely to come in 2020.

COVID-19 coronavirus could delay launch of 5G iPhones

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Apple usually unveils its new iPhones in September.
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The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus could hurt Apple’s plans to launch its first 5G iPhones in the second half of 2020, a new report claims.

According to a DigiTimes report Monday, Apple extended restrictions on employees traveling to parts of Asia until the end of April. The extension will delay tests for the next-generation iPhone that “could have a direct impact” on launch timing.

5G iPhone may not offer 2×2 uplink support after all

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Are you excited about the arrival of 5G iPhones?
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The iPhone 12 is poised to pack a lot of exciting features. One that won’t be on the list? Support for a 2×2 uplink, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo previously suggested that the 5G iPhone 12 would support 2×2 MIMO uplink, potentially meaning slightly faster maximum uploads. This was part of a report claiming that the iPhone 12 series devices would use up to six power amplifiers for improved connectivity. In a new report obtained by Cult of Mac, Kuo now says they are likely to include just one or two.

Why the 5G iPhone might slow Apple’s sales next year

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iPhone 12 might mix iPhone 11 and iPad Pro designs
It might be years before you can use the signature feature in your 5G iPhone.
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The 5G iPhone coming this fall is widely expected to be a huge windfall for Apple. But this handset might then turn around and hurt the company next year, according to a pair of market analysts.

And their prediction is equally bad news for those planning to upgrade to the 5G iPhone.

Analysts bullish that 5G and budget iPhones will give Apple very strong 2020

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Analysts from several market-analysis firms say the iPhone SE 2 will help propel the company to a strong year.
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Apple’s share price is more than double what it was this time last year. Cult of Mac asked prominent market-analysis firms to explain this meteoric rise. Several of them listed not just the upcoming debut of the 5G iPhone for investor optimism, but also the imminent launch of a budget model.

Apple prepping separate 4G and 5G iPhone models for next year

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5G iPhone buyers will apparently have plenty to choose from in 2020, and the same goes for those content with 4G.
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Apple could release a half-dozen iPhone models next year. An industry analyst laid out new predictions for the 2020 iPhone lineup, saying some models will bring the latest 5G cellular technology. Other models will stick with slower 4G networking.

Apparently, people not interested in 5G won’t need to pay extra for it. And some top-tier models supposedly will include rear-facing 3D scanners for augmented reality.

Apple reportedly placing big orders for next year’s 5G iPhone

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2020 could be Apple's greatest year so far
Are you excited about the big 5G iPhone refresh?
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Apple is predicting big things for its 5G iPhone, according to a new report featuring shipment forecasts Cupertino has allegedly given its supply chain partners.

The report suggests that Apple has ordered 100 million iPhones. That would be an increase over the 80 million Apple ordered for the iPhone 11 series.