The iPhone 12 will mark a radical redesign of Apple's flagship smartphone — and could be a surprising throwback to one of the company's most beloved handsets.
Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, Bloomberg reports that the higher-end iPhone 12 models will have "flat stainless steel edges" that harken back to the iPhone 5 design and would be a significant change from the iPhone 11's curved chassis. The Pro-level iPhone 12 units will also reportedly have more rounded corners in the vein of Apple's latest iPad Pro tablets.
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That might not be the only feature the iPhone 12 borrows from the iPad Pro. Adding weight to previous rumors, the Bloomberg report notes that the iPhone 12 Pro's triple-camera array will be complemented by a depth-sensing LiDAR scanner, which allows for immersive augmented reality features.
The highest-end iPhone 12 may be even larger than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max, with all models expected to get a slightly trimmed-down notch. Previous reports have the iPhone 12 Pro Max getting a 6.7-inch display. Every version of the iPhone 12 will reportedly pack 5G support, and despite coronavirus complications, all models are set to arrive in 2020 (though one may come a bit later than normal).
In addition to the iPhone 12, Apple is also expected to release a smaller and cheaper version of its HomePod smart speaker this year, as well as its long-rumored Apple AirTags trackers that are designed to take on the likes of Tile. We're also expecting to see the much-anticipated MacBook Pro 2020 with an improved keyboard this year, as well as new versions of the entry-level iPad, the Apple TV and the iMac desktop.
That's quite a big 2020 roadmap for Apple, especially when you factor in the midrange iPhone 9 that's expected to release in just a few days. We should have a more concrete idea of the company's product plans as its usual September release event draws closer.