Gurman: All 2020 iPhones to get OLED screens, Pro models have LiDAR, more

Fake iPhone 12 concept
Fake iPhone 12 concept (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore - iPhone 12 concept)

What you need to know

  • Apple is set to announce four new iPhones next week.
  • Bloomberg's new event preview backs up much of what we've heard in recent days and weeks.
  • New iPhones will all feature 5G and OLED screens.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has shared his usual preview of the upcoming Apple special event, backing up much of what we've been hearing in recent days and weeks.

Gurman confirms that all four iPhone 12 models will feature OLED screens this year, moving away from the LCD panels that had previously been used in mid-range models like iPhone 11 and iPhone XR.

Also for the first time, all four phones will use OLED screens. That's a shift from last year when the entry-level iPhone 11 used a cheaper LCD screen.

The new iPhone 12 handsets might have OLED screens, but they will still save money by using aluminum rather than stainless steel, according to the new report. LiDAR Scanners will also be an iPhone 12 Pro-only affair, as suspected.

All of the new phones will have flat sides to make the design more consistent with the latest iPads. The lower-end models will continue to use aluminum edges, while the higher-end phones will still use stainless steel. The pricier Pro models will also have a Lidar scanner on the back for augmented reality applications and will have three cameras instead of two. There will also be a new dark blue color option.

Gurman adds weight to the belief that the first Apple silicon Macs will be announced in November, while also mentioning AirPods Studio and a smaller HomePod. He doesn't, however, appear to be suggesting that we can expect those to be announced next week. AirPods Studio in particular aren't thought to be ready just yet.

The Apple headphones have been in development for nearly three years, but have faced development challenges along the way. An early version had large touch panels on both sides to control playback, but those sensors were reduced in size. The noise-canceling headphones have been designed to be reversible so that both ear cups can fit either ear and for the pads to be replaceable. Apple recently stopped selling rival headphones and speakers.

Apple will announce iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and who knows what else next week. October 13 will be the big day and we'll be watching along. Will you?

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.