With the iPhone 12 announcement now likely just three months away, we're starting to get a clearer picture of what the new handset will look like.
As well as being Apple's first 5G smartphone, the new model is expected to usher in the first new design since the iPhone X of 2017.
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The new model is rumored to share much of its design with the iPad Pro. Now, thanks to CAD drawings and a set of metal dummy models shared on Twitter, we have our best look yet at what the iPhone 12 might look like. The images, embedded below, were shared on June 14 by the Twitter account of a New Zealand-based Apple reseller called Jin.
Case manufacturers tend to get access to these drawings and models in advance, so they can start designing and making cases and accessories for the new iPhone before it goes on sale.
That is likely where these drawings and models have come from, as all case manufacturers need is the exact physical dimensions and the location of components like the power port and volume buttons. Four different models are shown, tallying with earlier rumors that 2020 will see a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The dummy models have the same flat sides as the iPad Pro and iPhone SE, signalling a move away from the curved sides of the iPhone X, XS and 11 from recent years. They also show the same large display notch as before, despite rumors that this will be smaller for the iPhone 12.
This could be because case manufacturers don't need to know the size of the display notch, so it hasn't been changed in the CAD drawings, but that is purely speculation for now. Similarly, while the drawings show the same rear camera layout as the iPhone 11 Pro, case manufacturers only need to know the shape of the module, not the arrangement, shape or number of lenses.
As well as the usual volume keys and power button, there appears to be a new component on the left edge of the phone. This is rumored to be similar to the keyboard dock connector on the side of the iPad Pro, but little else is known for now.
We will see more of the iPhone 12's software, called iOS 14, at Apple's online WWDC keynote address, which kicks off at 10:00am PST on June 22.