Rumors again back the arrival of a 'dark blue' color for iPhone 12 lineup

iPhone 12 Pro Navy Blue mockup
iPhone 12 Pro Navy Blue mockup (Image credit: EverythingApplePro/Max Weinbach)

What you need to know

  • Rumors of a Navy Blue iPhone 12 model have been circling for months.
  • Now DigiTimes has added some weight to those rumors.
  • A new report says that a "dark blue" iPhone 12 is coming.

Way back in January we first heard rumors that a Navy Blue iPhone 12 is coming this year, likely replacing the Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro from last year. The assumption is that the color will be specific to iPhone 12 Pro, too. Now a new report by the notoriously unreliable DigiTimes is adding weight to the Navy Blue rumors.

In a post about new iPhone shipment numbers, DigiTimes mentions almost in passing that a new "dark blue" iPhone 12 is coming in 2020.

In addition to adding a dark blue model, for the first time, into the iPhone family products, Apple also brings a number of specification upgrades to new iPhones, including camera modules, displays and communications modules.

This backs up the claims from September, first made by EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach.

Since then we've seen plenty of concepts showing what a Navy Blue iPhone could look like and, honestly, I'm right here for it. I thought that Apple might struggle to best the Midnight Green color from last year but this, this might just don it.

As for the rest of the DigiTimes report, it's generally claiming a smaller number of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro units will ship before the end of 2020 when compared with last year's iPhone 11 lineup.

Global shipments of the next-generation iPhone devices (tentatively named iPhone 12 lineup) are expected to total 63-68 million in the second half of 2020, a reduction of over five million units compared to the amount shipped a year earlier for the iPhone 11 lineup, according to the latest forecast of Digitimes Research.

Given the second half of 2020 is very different from the second half of 2019, that should perhaps not be all that surprising.

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.