We already know a lot about Apple’s iPhone 12 range, including its new design and (potentially) game-changing new upgrades. But now Apple has confirmed no less than nine new iPhone 12 models.
Spotted by (the ever-alert) MySmartPrice, Apple has publicly filed the official model numbers for the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the Eurasian database, an official regulatory body. The model numbers are: A2176, A2172, A2341, A2342, A2399, A2403, A2407, A2408, and A2411 and they identify four clear product lines and one mystery model.
06/13 Update: with the iPhone 12 line-up now official, Apple is ready to ramp up production. Citing industry sources, popular Chinese newspaper DigiTimes (paywall) reports that Apple has finalized the designs and features of the new iPhones with mass production starting next month. This should theoretically put Apple on schedule to release all its iPhone 12 models in September, as usual. That said, there remains some conflict about this with acclaimed industry insiders Ming-Chi Kuo and John Prosser both saying that the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could be delayed into October or November. Either way, given the unprecedented disruption this year, the fact Apple remains broadly on schedule when producing the biggest selling smartphones on the planet is quite some achievement. And they certainly look to be worth the wait.
The A21 models are the new entry-level 5.4-inch iPhone 12 which will not only be Apple’s most compact smartphone in years, but also hit a new price low for bezel-less iPhones. The first two A23 models are the iPhone 12 Max – a 6.1-inch model which will replace the current iPhone 11, as Apple reshuffles its line-up. While the A24 models are the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which look set to push the boundaries on smartphone camera tech.
The mystery is the A2399, which doesn’t have a clear pairing. The A23 coding suggests iPhone 12 Max, but the 99 suggests it is differentiated in some way. Potentially this could be in terms of the supplier (display or modem, for example), but right now there is no clear giveaway.
How reliable is the Eurasian database? As an official regulatory body, it is never wrong. Consequently, this is the first official confirmation of the expanded iPhone 12 line-up and there’s a lot to be excited about. Apple will introduce a new design for the first time in three generations, add 5G to every model, introduce near-instantaneous 3D environmental mappingand deliver the first price cut in generations. We also have a good idea about the release date.