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Apple iPhone 12 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far (Updated)

By Cookie Monster - 13 Oct 2020

New design language for the iPhone 12

2.) iPad Pro-like design 

Screenshot taken from EverythingApplePro's YouTube video on "Exclusive iPhone 12 Pro Max Design Leaks! It's HUGE."

The iPhone X, which was introduced in 2017, brought a new era of design with an almost all-screen front, a notch, no Touch ID button, and a return to stainless steel frame. This year, Apple is expected to bring a new design with the iPhone 12. 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote about it in September 2019; the new iPhone models are said to have a new metal frame with a more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover to protect the trench injection molding structure.

Bloomberg also reported in April 2020 that the iPhone 12 lineup is likely to borrow design cues from the iPad Pro; the top-tier models are expected to have flat stainless steel edges and flat screens. Tipster Jon Prosser shared that the non-Pro models would continue to have an aluminium chassis. 

The notch, which is easily the most controversial feature on the iPhone, may be getting smaller as well. Credit Suisse and Kuo reported in July 2019 that Apple is working to remove the notch as early as 2021, and that at least one 2020 iPhone model would have a smaller notch. Tipster Ben GeSkin shared in October 2019 that Apple was testing some iPhone prototypes with notches that were smaller.

A leaked image shows a purported iPhone 12 design with a smaller notch and a new home screen interface (which was later confirmed to be true at WWDC 2020). According to some estimates, the notch appears to be a third smaller than the current one on the iPhone 11. In addition, Bloomberg also expects the size of the notch to be smaller this year.

Leaked schematics of the iPhone 12 obtained by Max Weinbach confirm these reports of a new design and smaller notch. The leaked moulds and renders also reveal a flat edge design for the upcoming iPhone models. Two leaked hands-on videos of the iPhone 12 unit corroborate these reports.

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