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Apple’s iPhone 12 Leak Shows off the Smallest Model Next to the iPhone SE


The iPhone 12 range is set to include three different-sized handsets over the four available models, and if you like the size of the affordable iPhone SE but want to upgrade to a proper flagship, the diminutive base model with its 5.4″ screen could be just the ticket.

A dummy unit of the handset has leaked, and has been shown off alongside the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 to give us a better idea of how it measures up, and if you appreciate being able to use your smartphone one-handed, without touting around a device that’s creeping into the realms of a tablet, then have we got some good news for you.

MacRumours forum user iZac reportedly bought a dummy model of the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 (middle) to see how it measures up against Apple’s other more compact offerings – the iPhone SE and iPhone 7.

“From handling it I can say it does feel like a bit more of a stretch than the SE, which just nestles very comfortably in my hand. BUT, although it’s nearer to the 7, I will note that it feels a lot more manageable because the square profile and flat side lets you actually grip the device.”

After whipping out a ruler for a quick size comparison, iZac concludes that it’s 6mm wider than the iPhone SE, and 3mm thinner than the iPhone 7, which is in line with the leaked CAD drawings that placed the difference at 2.8mm.

The iPhone SE (2020) display measures 4.7-inches along with the iPhone 7, while the original iPhone SE screen came in at just 4-inches. iZac is using the original iPhone SE for his comparison here, but isn’t put off by the larger size, which is encouraging.

If the dummy model is an accurate representation of what we can expect, fans of a smaller form factor will be pleased.

For everyone else, there are three other sizes to choose from; the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

What you may not be as thrilled about is the lack of a charger of earbuds in the box – and that goes for future iPhone SE packages too, based on recent reports.

Of course, Apple has yet to officially reveal the iPhone 12 or weigh in on what is and isn’t going to be shipped in the box, so at this point, just take everything with a pinch of salt.

The images leaked by Twitter user @Jin_Store are claimed to be of the moulds that have been used to design third party cases of the phone.

These moulds based on leaked schematics appear to show off three different screen sizes and manage to capture enough detail to show off the various design elements of the upcoming iPhones. The moulds reveal some interesting design choices in line with other rumors in the past about Apple’s upcoming iPhone models.

As per these leaked moulds, the phone could come with a design that features iPad Pro-style flat edges — quite a big change from current models. As per the leaked images, the phone would be available in four sizes: A 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

All the images show a few similarities that run across the range, with the volume buttons and the Silence switch on the left-hand side, a single side button on the right, and a camera bump on the rear. The new images of the mould also show a notch housing Apple’s TrueDepth Camera array, that appears to be of the same size as the ones seen in the current generation models.

Interestingly, the phones appear to sport flat edges, which could be paired with an antenna band similar to the iPhone 4. The new leaked images of these iPhone 12 moulds come after leaks that in the past have teased an iPhone X like design, for the new phones. The 2020 range of iPhones have been tipped in the past to sport an all-screen display and a notch to house the Face ID mechanism.

The iPhone 12 is expected to get 120Hz ProMotion display, however, this feature is being tipped to be exclusive to the 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro phones. Reports claim that the ProMotion screens will feature dynamic refresh rate switching allowing them to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on the task at hand.

But that’s not all. There are a lot more changes coming to the iPhone 12 series which is said to sport a smaller notch — possibly as a result of the shrinking down of the FaceID sensor. The hardware for this tech could also support a wider-angle lens for face unlocks from multiple positions. iPhone 12 is also said to feature updated autofocus than previous models. The camera improvements will also ensure better subject detection and slow-motion performance under low light. There is also expected to be a telephoto zoom upgrade from 2x to 3x optical zoom. Apart from this, the iPhone 12 Pro models are said to get a larger battery — as big as 4,400mAh — to handle the increased load caused by the faster refresh screen.

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