Apple iPhone 12 series will reportedly look similar to new iPad models

The iPhone 12 launch could be delayed by a few weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Highlights
  • iPhone 12 series is said to sport flat stainless steel edges like we have seen since iPad Pro in 2018
  • Apple engineers will travel to China and finalise designs in May
  • Apple is finding ways to remove the notch for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors in future designs

The Apple iPhone 12 line-up is due for later this year and a lot has been said about the improved design. Now, according to a Bloomberg report, citing sources familiar with the matter, the Cupertino giant is working on design revamp inspired by the latest iPads as a part of the major fall refresh. Rumours suggest there will be a total of four models, including two iPhone 11 successors and a couple of high-end Pro models. All four will reportedly have 5G connectivity. These are said to sport flat stainless steel edges and sharp rounded corners like the iPad Pro 2018, instead of the curved design we see nowadays. All this means, it’ll have a design reminiscent of the iPhone 5S/5/4S/4.

iPhone 12 specifications and features

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, the iPhone 12 launch could be delayed for a few weeks and be pushed back by compared to the usual timeline. The report says Apple engineers will travel to China and finalise designs in May. The iPhone 12 Pro model is tipped to include three cameras, while the low-end iPhone 12 will continue to have dual sensors, similar to the iPhone 11. Apple to reportedly include a 3D LIDAR system that debuted on the iPad Pro 2020 to the high-end iPhone 12 model.

The iPhone 12 Pro models are said to feature a slightly larger 6.7-inch panel and the company is said to be finding ways to remove the notch for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors in the future design. However, it will just reduce the notch size on the iPhone 12 models. They are said to bring significant upgrades with a focus on artificial intelligence and AR tasks. Either way, given the current pandemic, Apple’s launch timeline might still change at any turn. 

Cheaper HomePod speaker in the works

Apple is also reportedly working on a small and cheaper HomePod speaker and is expected to launch later this year, and the Apple Tags that will allow users to track objects like keys, wallets and more. The HomePod will be about half the size of the original while retaining the similar design, according to sources familiar with the development said. Lastly, Apple is also working on a new version of the MacBook Pro, budget iPad, Apple TV and a new iMac, according to sources familiar with the roadmap.