iPhone 12 lineup could bring more compact 5.4-inch model

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iPhone 12 might mix iPhone 11 and iPad Pro designs
Big changes are predicted for the 2020 iPhone lineup.
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Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 lineup could introduce a more compact 5.4-inch model, according to a new report.

The handset could be a Pro model, despite its smaller size, with a high-end OLED display supplied by Samsung. And it could replace the 5.8-inch option we’re already familiar with.

The high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, could get even larger with a 6.7-inch display.

Apple’s last major revamp to the iPhone linup came in 2017 when it launched iPhone X — its first model with an edge-to-edge screen and Face ID. And we’ve been using similar hardware ever since.

It’s about time we saw another overhaul, then. And a new report out of Korea predicts that’s exactly what we will get this year when iPhone 12 makes its debut.

2020 iPhone to come in new sizes

ET News reveals Apple is planning 5.4- and 6.7-inch devices to replace the 5.8- and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.

Both are said to feature OLED screens made by Samsung, with new Y-OCTA touch technology that allows them to be thinner and more affordable to manufacture.

It’s not yet clear if that upgrade will mean the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max themselves will be slimmer. The iPhone 11 lineup is slightly thicker than its predecessors to accommodate bigger batteries.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 will be replaced by another 6.1-inch device, the report adds. It will use a traditional film-based display suppled by Samsung and LG, but will finally make the switch to OLED.

What to expect from iPhone 12

This report echoes earlier claims made by other sources. The most notable of whch is reliable TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also expects iPhone 12 lineup to come in new sizes.

Other changes for Apple’s next-generation devices could include a rear-facing 3D camera, up to 6GB of RAM, and a sharper metal frame similar to that of the iconic iPhone 4.

iPhone 12 is also expected to be the first with 5G connectivity.