This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Rumors that Apple's flagship iPhone series this year will be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max were just recently reported.
As if to back it up, an image of what appears to be a sticker on an unreleased genuine Apple silicone case has been leaked.
The photo captures three different stickers that correspond to the three sizes expected for the iPhone 12 series. The 5.4-inch version is labeled "iPhone 12 mini" for the 5.4-inch, the 6.7-inch model is labeled "iPhone 12 Pro Max" and the two 6.1-inch models are labeled "iPhone 12 / 12 Pro" respectively.
iPhone 12 mini— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) September 25, 2020
iPhone 12 / 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Silicone Case Stickers pic.twitter.com/bWaFiWG9Ht
The three silicone cases that are expected to have these stickers on them are all black, and the model numbers are MHL732M/A and MHLG32M/ A, which have not been used in the past.
DuanRui, who shared this image, is the person who posted a photo of what appears to be an explanatory brochure for the fourth-generation iPad Air at the end of August. The photo showed a full-screen design with thinner bezels like the iPad Pro, a USB-C connector in place of the Lightning port, and integrated Touch ID into the power button on the side, all of which matched the real thing that was later officially announced.
Putting "Pro" on high-end models is a continuation of the previous year's models. And naming larger models "Max" and relatively inexpensive entry-level models without the suffix is also in line with recent naming conventions. And "mini" has a precedent of being used on the iPad mini and Mac mini, which is sensible and easy to understand, even though it's the first iPhone to do so.
At the time of writing, the theory is that the iPhone 12 series will have an announcement event on October 13, with pre-orders opening on October 16 and be released on October 23. Two of the four models are expected to be released in October and the other two in November, but we'll have to wait and see which one will be unveiled first.
Source: DuanRui (Twitter)
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.