While an Apple event is planned for next week, we’ll have to wait another month for Tim Cook to demonstrate the iPhone 12. However, if the wait feels too long, a new video from EverythingApplePro should help a little.
An entire handset cannot be seen in the video. It’s just the case of an iPhone 12 Pro. Assuming it’s legitimate – and it certainly looks like other leaks we’ve seen before – it confirms a few things in terms of design and functionality.
First of all, and most obviously, the case has a similar finish to the current iPhone 11 Pro, with both the stainless steel edges and the matte glass back plate preserved for generations. The camera array also looks familiar: three large circles for the main lenses are arranged in a triangle in the upper left corner of the handset.
Here it is! Official iPhone 12 Pro chassis leak. Mostly confirmed the same camera with new LiDAR placement, flat sides, magnet cutouts and a smart 5G antenna? This seems to confirm that the 6.1 Pro model also gets LiDAR. October cannot come soon enough. pic.twitter.com/YifSX7SWxhSeptember 11, 2020
iPhone 12 Pro LiDAR confirmed
What is different here is the number of smaller circles, which has doubled to two. One of them is an LED flash, like every iPhone over the last decade, but the second is likely a cutout for the iPhone 12’s LiDAR sensor, which is interesting because some rumors suggested that the range-finding technology might be for the iPhone 12 is reserved per Max
Based on various leaks, the LiDAR sensor uses time-of-flight data to more accurately measure the distance to objects. This feature is designed to help create better looking portraits while getting better autofocus and low light performance. In addition, like the LiDAR sensor on the iPad Pro, this technology should improve the experience in a growing number of iPhone AR apps.
iPhone 12 5G a lock
There’s not much else you can get from a simple case other than the novelty of being able to see the inside of an iPhone. There are a few other changes, however: the SIM tray has been moved to the lower left side of the handset, and there appears to be a new cutout on the right side that may house the 5G antenna.
The iPhone 12 Pro that we see here is just one of four iPhones that Apple will reportedly launch later this year. Expect a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
While all four iPhone 12 models should be equipped with the brand new 5 nm A14 Bionic processor from Apple, the Pro versions benefit from a telephoto camera and the aforementioned LiDAR depth sensor. Unfortunately, the latest word is that the 120Hz display on the iPhone 12 Pro models has been discontinued.
The latest rumors point to an October-only event for iPhones, completely separate from the Apple Watch 6 launch next week. While Apple typically bundles all of its hardware into one event in September, coronavirus has disrupted things to the extent that it seems like it just wasn’t practical for 2020.