At this point, there's honestly no way to pen what is approximately the 4,389th iPhone design rumor article in an interesting or otherwise intellectually tolerable way, but I digress. The 12 is somewhat imminent, so let's fucking gooooooooooooo with another one of these.

Per the experts over at 9to5Mac, the notch-free design shown in a previously released render of the 2020 Apple models is unlikely to show something that'll come to fruition. The latest take, however, moves us into far more feasible territory. 

Citing reports from supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and PhoneArena-crafted renders, we can possibly expect to get a design update that leans into slab-like territory that should be familiar to those who recall the harder aesthetic choices that defined the iPhone 4 era.

These predictions also include the possibility of smaller notches and a quad-camera aesthetic (to accommodate the rumored implementation of a Time-of-Flight camera), which—per CNET—could theoretically be used as an assist piece in AR mapping and/or the addition of Portrait Mode when shooting video.

Back in September, Apple gave us a run of new handhelds including the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The latest update to the iPhone arsenal was unveiled during a keynote event that month at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, where Tim Cook and company also talked Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and more.

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