Is this what the new 5G iPhone will look like? Apple will reportedly adopt a flatter and less curved design similar to that of the iPad Pro for the upcoming 5G iPhone 12 due for release later this year.
According a report from Bloomberg, the new iPhone will have a flat stainless steel frame and will take a radical design departure from the current model.
The new iPhone is rumoured to look like the iPad Pro with flatter edges instead of curves.
The iPhone adopted a more curved look with the launch of the iPhone 6 in 2014.
iPhone 12 (if that’s what it will be called) will look more like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 which had flatter steel edges but with a much larger display.
The rear camera system is also set for a change and will feature three cameras and a fourth LiDAR (light detection and ranging) lens.
LiDAR was a new feature on the recently released iPad Pro to give the device a great ability to measure the distance to nearby objects which will enhance the growing number of AR apps.
Having a flatter display will open up more possibilities for the iPhone 12 including a true edge-to-edge Retina Display and a new range of gesture controls when swiping in from the sides.
This edge to edge design will also enable fitting in a larger 6.7-inch screen which takes up the same space as the current 6.5-inch display.
According to reports there may even be a smaller notch.
And, of course, the new iPhone will be Apple’s first 5G device.
But recent reports have also surfaced that the iPhone 5G may be delayed until 2021 due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Apple’s production facilities in China took a heavy hit and their supply chain of components was also severely disrupted.
The other issue the company is facing, and another reason why the iPhone may be delayed, is whether it’s appropriate to release what is expected to be an expensive smartphone when the world economy is on its knees due to the coronavirus.