Apple has had good months. Having already admitted iPhone 11 owners are subject to undercover location checks, found its new iOS 13.3 update has two gaping flaws and been caught up in last week’s impressive smartphone tracking scandal, now the first iPhone 12 designs have leaked and you might not like what you see.
In a new scoop, popular Japanese site Macotakara has attained what it understands to be the first 3D printed mockup of the 2020 iPhone 12 Pro Max. And it appears Apple will be sticking with the iPhone X core design for a fourth generation.
It isn’t just the external design of the iPhone 12 Pro Max mock-up which is so similar (and, arguably, underwhelming), even the dimensions have barely changed. Macotakara reports it is still a 6.5-inch model (earlier leaks suggested a larger display), but the dimensions are virtually identical as well:
The obvious talking point is the reduced thickness, something the iPhone 11 range increased in order to fit much larger batteries – a move that has proven popular. By contrast, Apple hasn’t made a phone be as thin as this new mockup since since the iPhone 6 Plus. With 5G coming, this is a little concerning.
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Look closer and you’ll notice the mock-up ditches the curves of its predecessor for more angled edges akin to the iPhone 4. This is a change that has been widely leaked and, given the iPhone 4 was a beloved design, an alteration which should prove popular.
There are two further small changes. Macotakara reports the volume and mute switches “are lowered about half of the size of each button… and the SIM slot seems to be lowered by one slot.”
What about the white finish? I understand this is just the output color from the 3D printer to make the design easier to see.
Macotakara has found one change, however, which it cannot identify. On the left side of the mock-up “seems to be a mysterious connector… The shape is similar to the magnetic connector of iPad Pro (11-inch) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation).”
One theory is this could be an Apple Pencil connector and charger, though it seems a highly impractical and insecure way to carry one around. So, for now, it remains a mystery.
Macotakara attained the iPhone 12 Pro Max mock-up from a source within Chinese giant Alibaba and it states that the mock-up is understood to be “one of several designs” Apple is working on at this stage. As such, it may be a fallback device in case some of the more radical ideas aren’t ready in time.
That said, much like the iPhone 11 series, the main appeal of the iPhone 12 models appears to be technical rather than superficial upgrades. These include 120Hz ProMotion displays, ditching the Lightning port, reintroducing Touch ID and the addition of a long-range 3D camera. 5G is also coming to all new models but without a significant price penalty.