Apple has had better months. Having already admitted iPhone 11 owners are subject to secretive location checks, found its latest iOS 13.3 update has two gaping flaws and been caught up in last week’s sensational 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 (most famous for revealing Apple would remove the headphone jack with the iPhone 7) 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.
12/29 Update: new reports suggest these printed molds may only be representations of based on existing leaks. Let’s hope so as it leaves the door open for Apple to deliver its first new iPhone design since 2017.
12/26 Update: it looks to be all change for the iPhone 12 internally as 9to5Mac reports Apple will improve image stabilisation by integrating it directly into the rear camera modules. Currently, it is built into the lens rather than the module as a whole. So yes, if you can get past the iterative look of the iPhone 12, this is going to be a big upgrade year. (Many more iPhone 12 features are listed towards the end of this article)
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:
iPhone 12 Pro Max (mock-up) – 159mm x 78mm x 7.1mm
iPhone 11 Pro Max – 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm
The obvious talking point is the reduced thickness, something the iPhone 11 range increased in order to fit much larger batteries – a move which 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.