This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple has officially announced that this year's flagship iPhone series will be a few weeks later than usual, but there are rumors that it could be only unveiled as early as September. In the meantime, four dummy models photos have been released.
These images, obtained by 9to5Mac via the Israeli Apple enthusiast community HaAppelistim, are stated to have been leaked by the manufacturer of the case for the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 12 series is widely predicted to consist of four models: one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model. Of these, one 5.4-inch and one 6.1-inch is expected to be the entry-level models, while the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models will be the more expensive Pro models.
It's customary for new iPhone dummy units to leak out every July and August. This is because third-party case manufacturers generally gather information months before Apple makes an official announcement, and they usually start preparing for production based on them. However, it's based on leaks from supply chain sources, not from within Apple, and it's not 100% correct.
What catches the eye in these images is the flat design with flattened sides, just like the iPhone 4, which was also expected by famous analyst Ming-Chi. It's common to all models and sizes, and there don't seem to be any exceptions.
However, these images do not show the rumored notch, which may be significantly smaller. Since the dummy unit is only made for case makers and iPhone cases are not affected by the size of the notch, it's unavoidable that we can't get any information from it.
Information about the rear camera also remains unclear in terms of details. The entry-level models are expected to have two, and the Pro models are expected to have three plus a LiDAR scanner (3D sensor), just like the iPad Pro (2020), but in terms of case design, it's just a "part that fits inside a bump" (protruding back) and it doesn't require information about its contents.
As for the 5.4-inch dummy model that was leaked prior to this, it was reported that the narrower bezel width keeps the body size down, and coupled with the flat design, it's as easy to hold as the original iPhone SE. We'll be waiting for a more detailed dummy model to emerge as we get closer to the actual release date.
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.