iPhone 12 design secrets supposedly spilled in new drawings


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Comparing the iPhone 12 with the iPhone 11.
Photo: EverythingApplePro

Want a glimpse at the (possible) new iPhone 12 Pro Max? YouTube channel EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach have posted what they claim is a leaked design for the new handset, based on supposed CAD drawings.

As expected, they suggest that the new iPhone will borrow design cues from the squared-off, boxier iPad Pro redesign. It also looks set to sport a slightly thinner profile, just 7.4mm thick next to the 8.1mm of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Oh, and notch-haters might be pleased by the smaller notch on the device.

Check out the video below.

Confirming previous iPhone 12 design rumors

Much of what the video suggests reinforces existing rumors. For instance, the rear LiDAR sensor and form factor redesign have been heavily speculated about and reported on. However, there are still some new details in there that hadn’t been previously mentioned.

Some of these are minor. For instance, the video claims the camera lenses will have a slightly increased diameter and that the power button has been shifted to slightly lower down on the device. But others would be more noticeable.

For example, the video claims that the SIM card tray is swapped to the other side of the iPhone. Where the old SIM card tray was positioned there is now a Smart Connector-style input. The iPhone itself is also going to be slightly wider and taller than its predecessor, with slimmed-down bezels, and totally flat glass. There is additionally discussion of how speakers could be up to 15% louder, and the camera bump could protrude slightly more.

The video says that new colors for the iPhone 12 will include light blue, violet, and light orange.

Is this information legit

Of course, all of this assumes that the designs shown are authentic. (The video claims the design is 70% complete.) Some of the details appear to clash with other reports — such as Bloomberg‘s claim that the two higher-end iPhone 12 models won’t have a notch, and will come in midnight blue.

As far as we know, Apple plans to release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch Pro Max-style iPhone this year. Despite the coronavirus-induced problems in the supply chain, recent reports suggest these will debut in September and October.


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