iPhone 12 could be more expensive than we’d hoped

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The iPhone 12 range is guaranteed to be expensive, but a source had suggested that the starting price of the most basic 5G iPhone 12 model might just be $649. However, we’re now hearing that it could be quite a lot more than that.

According to analyst Jeff Pu, in a research note obtained by MacRumors, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will actually start at $749. We can predict that if that price is right, it would cost £779 / AU$1,279 in the UK and Australia respectively, as there’s a $749 version of the iPhone 11 that costs that much in those regions.

That price however would be $100 more than the previous rumor, and $50 more than the starting price of the iPhone 11. That’s despite the iPhone 12 being rumored to have a smaller screen and potentially no EarPods or charging plug in the box.

5G and OLED to blame

So why the higher price? Pu claims that it’s down to the rumored addition of 5G and an OLED screen, whereas the iPhone 11 is a 4G device and has an LCD screen. We have seen 5G push up the prices of other phones, so this is certainly possible, though we would of course take the claim with a pinch of salt for now, especially as it’s at odds with a previous leak.

While Pu only talks about the standard iPhone 12, the source of the $649 claim (who’s a reputable leaker) also said that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max would start at $749. So if Pu is right then the rumored price of the 12 Max is presumably wrong, with that phone potentially being $799 or $849 instead.

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