iPhone 12 last-minute leak reveals final design — and there's good news

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The iPhone 12 launch is just hours away, so it stands to reason that there should be some last-minute leaks before Apple's new phones become official. The bad news is that the notch is sticking around on the iPhone 12; the good news is that it could be smaller.

Apple has apparently uploaded images of four new iPhones to the Apple iCloud website, which was spotted by @AppleSWUpdates on Twitter. And there does seem to be an improvement on the notch front.

According to 9to5 Mac, which compared these new images against the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR, the notch on the iPhone 12 should be narrower than previous designs. This should allow you to see more of your content, but the notch still is larger than the cutout on the Galaxy Note 20 and some other Android phones.

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Based on previous reports, the iPhone 12 lineup should also offer a flatter-edge design, which should be easier to grip while being reminiscent of the iPhone 5. An earlier leak said to expect a smaller notch on only the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, but not on the other three models.

iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 notch

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Apple is also expected to launch a 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 will likely sport dual rear cameras, while the Pro models should offer a more powerful telephoto lens with at least 3x optical zoom.

It's possible that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature a LiDAR scanner for enhanced photography and AR performance, similar to the iPad Pro 2020

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac also reports that Apple has uploaded a new image asset for what could be a new Apple TV. Previous rumors point to a faster new processor for the Apple TV and an improved remote, but this device has not been mentioned in many leaks leading up to the iPhone 12 event. So this would be a surprise announcement. 

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.