iPhone 12 design schematics show what Apple’s rumoured smaller notch could look like

iPhone 12 design isn't finalised and Apple engineers are expected to be heading to China for the same.

Highlights
  • iPhone 12 schematics show off a smaller notch despite packing the required sensors for Face ID
  • Thanks to the reduced notch size, the iPhone 12 display bezels are extremely narrow
  • However, the iPhone 12 in the schematic doesn’t seem to have a flattened frame akin to the iPad Pro chassis

The iPhone 12 line-up is due for later this year and a lot has been said about its design in recent times. Noted Youtuber EverythingApplePro had published the CAD-based renders of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which showed off iPad Pro-like boxy design and a flat edges. While it also mentioned that Apple is toying with the idea of cutting down the notch size to increase the display real estate, the design isn’t finalised yet. Now, Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has tweeted the iPhone 12 schematics, revealing a significantly smaller notch compared to the current one on the iPhone 11 series.

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It seems Apple will achieve the smaller notch footprint by moving the speaker to the top frame while retaining the sensors required for the functioning of Face ID, including the Dot projector, Flood illuminator, infrared camera, ambient light, and proximity sensor, among others. Thanks to the reduced notch size, the display bezels are extremely narrow. However, the iPhone 12 in the schematic images don’t seem to have a flattened frame akin to the iPad Pro chassis, which is a bit confusing. An earlier report from Bloomberg, citing sources, suggested the iPhone 12 design isn’t finalised and Apple engineers will be heading to China for the same. This means, there might be design changes going forward.

Furthermore, speculations are rife that Apple might introduce four new iPhone 12 models this year, including two low-end iPhone 11 successors and two iPhone 12 Pro variants. All the models should have 5G connectivity and are said to be powered by the A14 SoC. The entry-level models will have the same dual cameras, while the Pro line-up could have an additional LIDAR sensor that is part of the iPad Pro 2020. We should know more details regarding the iPhone 12 series phones in the days to come.

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Design
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Software
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