What You Need to Know About Apple’s 2020 iPhones

While we’re still some time away from Apple’s anticipated iPhone 12 launch, rumors and predictions are starting to accumulate at a fever pitch. And if those rumors are true, we’ll be seeing no less than four new iPhone 12 models  and Iphone Cases later this year.

It’s worth noting Apple has yet to confirm any details about its 2020 iPhone lineup. This story is based on leaks and predictions from industry insiders with solid track records. That said, things are likely to develop quickly over the next few months, so we’ll be updating this story frequently.

What Does the iPhone 12 Look Like?
According to tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser, Apple will release four iPhone models this year, including a 5.4-inch iPhone 12, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, a 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
As you can see above, the 2020 iPhone lineup might do away with the curved design language that has come to define the series since 2017. Instead, the new phones will sport a boxy design, with flat glass panels on the front. Regular iPhone 12 models are said to have an aluminum frame, while the Pro models will sport stainless steel.

In addition to a completely new design, Apple may allow owners to customize their own phones. In a newly published patent application entitled Laser Marking Of An Electronic Device Through A Cover, Apple describes a process of using a laser to create marks beneath the surface of an enclosure or display. The patent states the process can be used to add regulatory markings and other necessary markings to a handset as well as to “create custom markings on assembled electronic devices and LG Cases.”

The process can create color-changing markings as well as reflective or semi-transparent layers. Apple specifically mentions using the technology on the display to “define a window or other transparent region for viewing the display.” One of the most likely uses for this technology would be to minimize bezels and the display notch. It could also use this to create a built-in privacy filter since the laser is capable of semi-transparent and reflective surfaces.