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Apple iPhone 12 prototype hands-on video surfaces, but do not be fooled

An iPhone 12 or just a customised iPhone 11? (Image source: Sparrows News)
An iPhone 12 or just a customised iPhone 11? (Image source: Sparrows News)
An alleged video of an iPhone 12 prototype has been published online. The 15 second hands-on offers a good look at the device, but its camera arrangement suggests that someone is trying to pull the wool over people's eyes.

Sparrows News has shared a video claiming to be a hands-on with a prototype iPhone 12. The device is rumoured to be joined by three other iPhones this year, with Apple apparently adding a non-Pro "Max" model to its roster of smartphones. The website has not offered a source for the video, but we have our doubts about its authenticity.

Firstly, the video shows not only the device, but also its retail box. However, this is just a box for the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max. It could well be a box for the iPhone 12 too, but it would seem unlikely for Apple to re-use a box from a previous generation. Additionally, the device shown has three rear-facing cameras, which is one more than the iPhone 12 is believed to have. Sparrows News may have mislabeled the video as the iPhone 12 instead of or the iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, but these two devices are also thought to have a fourth lens for a LiDAR sensor. Hence, the camera arrangement is a bit of a giveaway that we are looking at an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max, not a device form the iPhone 12 series.

The device does have a flat frame, distinguishing it from the iPhone 11 series. With that said, some people have suggested that the iPhone has been placed in a bumper case to give it that effect. It is difficult to tell whether this is the case because of the 480p video quality, but we would not rule this out. Similarly, the device could have been modified in some way, like rebuilding it within a custom case. Either way, this video seems wide of the mark.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-09- 2 (Update: 2020-09- 2)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.