While the specifications and performance of the device are most certainly under wraps, the design of the new iPhone seems to leak out of factories in China around this time every year, and 9News has obtained samples of what are known as “dummy versions” of the 2021 iPhone.
These “dummies” are plastic, non-working devices, but they are built to the exact specifications of the new iPhone — and in the 3-4 years we’ve been seeing these dummies, they’ve never been wrong.
The devices we have right now indicate another four-phone lineup from Apple in 2021.
At the smallest end, a mini version of what we expect to be called the iPhone 12s.
Given 13 for some is an unlucky number, it seems safest for Apple to use its inter-generational moniker used many times before on iPhone models — the addition of an s.
The standard iPhone 12s features the same new look diagonal dual camera array on the back as the iPhone 12s Mini, while the iPhone 12s Pro features a larger camera island than the 12s, and may well feature the same camera system as the larger iPhone 12s Pro Max.
Both devices share a similar camera array, and both are larger than that which we saw on the 2020 iPhone 12 models.
None of the cases for the iPhone 12 fit the 2021 model iPhones, meaning all new cases will be made for these new devices.
The biggest change expected based on these mock up models is a reduction in the size of the “notch” at the top of the iPhone screen. Moving the upper speaker to the very edge of the phone means that notch could be reduced on the iPhone 12s.
There’s no certainty these models are accurate representations of the yet-to-be-announced new iPhone, but if history is anything to go by, they’ll be pretty spot on.
We expect an announcement from Apple in mid-September, with the new iPhone hitting stores in Australia by the end of September.