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Massive leak may showcase the iPhone 12’s final design

Published Jun 15th, 2020 12:19PM EDT

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  • New leaked iPhone 12 physical molds and CAD drawings may reveal the final design.
  • All four iPhone 12 models were featured in the leak, each of which had flat edges similar to the design of the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.
  • Apple may have to delay the launch of the iPhone 12 due to the coronavirus.

Apple was always the hardest nut to crack when it came to flagship phone leaks, but the company’s walls of secrecy have all but collapsed in recent years. We now know what the latest iPhone is going to look like months before Apple even announces it, and that appears to be the case once again for the iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 leaks have been plentiful throughout the first half of 2020, spoiling everything Apple had planned for fall. So far, we know that there will be four new iPhone models (in addition to the iPhone SE that launched in April), we expect all four models to have OLED displays and 5G support, and we believe that the iPhone 12 will start at $649. We were pretty sure that we knew what the iPhone 12 was going to look like, too, drawing inspiration from the iPhone 4, but a comprehensive leak from this weekend might have confirmed the final design once and for all.

Over the weekend, an New Zealand Apple reseller JinStore shared a series of photos that appear to feature physical molds of the four iPhone 12 models. Previous rumors have claimed that there will be a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. Although we can’t vouch for the validity of these particular molds, they certainly seem to be in line with what we’ve heard from other sources:

In addition to the photos of the molds, JinStore also shared screenshots of CAD drawings that give us a better look at the back of the iPhone 12. As 9to5Mac points out, the Time-of-Flight sensor that Apple is expected to bring over to the iPhone 12 is nowhere to be seen in the images, but since drawings like these are often used by case makers before a new device launches, and the ToF sensor wouldn’t affect the size of a case, it wouldn’t have been necessary for Apple to include such a detail. In other words, even if these are legitimate, they might not be totally accurate.

But the most notable element of the leak is the design of the iPhone 12. As several reports have suggested, the new iPhone models will step back from the rounded edges of the latest releases, including the iPhone 11, and feature flat edges similar to the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. The most prominent design elements appear to be mostly unchanged, including the camera bump and the notch that houses the front-facing camera and Face ID sensors, but the shape of the iPhone 12 will seemingly differ drastically from its predecessor.

We’re still months out from the reveal of the iPhone 12, which might be slightly delayed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the picture of the next-generation iPhone is becoming clearer every week.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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