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A concept mockup of the iPhone 12.


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                                            <p class="speakableTextP1"><span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-12-rumor-roundup-prices-iphone-12-mini-release-date-october-13-launch-event/">Analysts suggest</a></span> Apple is on the cusp of launching its latest generation of superphone, with <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/finally-apple-will-release-iphone-12-october-13-virtual-event-announcement/">an event announced for Oct. 13</a></span> (you can <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/livestram-apple-event-iphone-12-launch-date-october-13-heres-how-to-watch-virtual-announcement/">livestream Apple's event from home -- here's how to watch</a></span>). The <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-price-and-release-date-detail-may-have-just-been-revealed-in-a-major-leak/">current hottest rumors</a></span> suggest that we may see multiple versions of the <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-12-rumor-roundup-prices-iphone-12-mini-release-date-october-13-launch-event/">iPhone 12</a></span>, with features like <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-apple-effect-can-get-you-excited-for-5g-commentary/">5G</a></span>, lidar depth mapping and the latest A14 Bionic processor. (And here are some <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-features-apple-iphone-12-should-steal-wish-list/">features on our iPhone 12 wish list that Apple should steal from Samsung</a></span>.)  But what will the phone look like? Let's dive into the rumor mill to work it out.</p><p class="speakableTextP2"><strong>Read more:</strong> <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-price-rumors-will-apple-make-it-cheaper-than-iphone-11-cost-699-dollars/">Is iPhone 12 cheaper than iPhone 11? 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<h2>Multiple iPhone 12 sizes<br></h2>First up, the physical size of the phone. <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-12-rumor-roundup-prices-iphone-12-mini-release-date-october-13-launch-event/">Mobile industry analysts suggest</a></span> that there will be four iterations of the phone, with the smallest being the new 5.4-inch <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-12-mini-might-be-the-name-of-apple-smallest-iphone-12/">iPhone 12 Mini</a></span>. Then there's the two base models, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, both expected to be 6.1 inches, making them slightly bigger than the current <span data-error="was unable to determine path for annotation" data-annotation-type="CNET_FAM_SERIES">iPhone 11 Pro's</span> 5.8-inch size.

Finally, there's the big one, the iPhone 12 Pro Max. With a rumored screen size of 6.7 inches, you'll need a pretty big pocket to keep this beast comfortably housed. 

Physical design, cameras and notch

Various rumors have pointed towards an update to the outer metal edging of the iPhone 12, which will sport a flat, chamfered-edge metal design, much like the edging seen on the recent iPad Pro. PhoneArena's mockup, above, shows the potential look and it's one I'm very keen on. The mockup also shows a potential fourth lens in the phone's rear camera array — that would be a lidar sensor, which would provide more accurate depth information for improved augmented reality functions.

The flat design would help Apple keep the physical size of the phone down, narrowing those bezels and letting the screen fill more of the body. The notch in the front of the screen that houses the selfie camera is also rumored to be slimmed down, although unlikely to disappear entirely in this generation of phone. 

Read more: What else could Apple announce on Oct. 13?

It would be nice to see a Touch ID button, like Apple included on the new iPad Air it unveiled in September (which is especially useful in the age of coronavirus mask-wearing), but we aren't holding our breath.

What we almost certainly won't see — and there have been no leaks to the contrary — is a foldable phone from Apple in 2020. Whether the company ever launches a foldable device remains to be seen, but for now it seems its content to see how popular Samsung's, Motorola's and Huawei's foldables are before doing its own.

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A concept mockup of the blue iPhone 12.


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New blue color

Apple is rumored to be preparing a new navy blue color for the new generation of iPhone 12, possibly replacing the green model that launched with the iPhone 11. It's on-trend — it's Pantone's color of the year for 2020 — and I think it looks pretty smart in EverythingApplePro's mockup, seen above. 

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