Leaked iPhone 12 motherboard reveals internal design changes


Is this the iPhone 12 motherboard?
This image from Chinese social media claims to be of the iPhone 12 motherboard.
Photo: Cult of Mac

An image supposedly of the iPhone 12 motherboard appeared online Tuesday. If it’s real, it shows Apple is significantly changing the interior configuration of this upcoming handset.

Noted leaker L0vetodream seemingly confirmed that this is indeed the circuit board that will hold the CPU, RAM, storage, etc. of the iPhone coming this fall.

The long and thin design is completely different from the iPhone 11 motherboard, which is much wider.

The iPhone 11 motherboard prominently includes the A13 chip.
The iPhone 11 motherboard has a very different shape.
Photo: iFixit

The circuit board in the image “was produced in 2019, the 40week,” according to L0vetodream. That’s apparently based on a notation written onto the board.

Too much is missing from the device to be able to draw any conclusions about the iPhone 12 from it. There’s no Apple A14 processor, for example.

iPhone 12 rumors aplenty

Several sources point to Apple prepping no less than four iOS handsets for autumn 2020. The top-of-the-line model will supposedly be a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max priced at $1,099. That’s a larger display than any predecessor.

Next will come two 6.1-inch models, one Pro and one not. Then there’ll allegedly be a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 that’ll be $649. But this might not come out until early 2021.