- Apple’s iOS 14 Beta 3 contains proof that a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is in the works.
- Recent rumors suggest that Apple is preparing to launch four iPhone models this fall: 5.4-inch iPhone 12, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. 6.7 inch.
- The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is said to be one of the smallest iPhone models released in years.
For months, we’ve learned that Apple is preparing four new iPhone models for the fall, ranging from a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 to a 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apparently, all reliable and semi-reliable publications, leaks and analysts agree on the size and shape of the new models, and with more than a month before Apple’s September reveal event, the company is – even may have accidentally confirmed the rumors.
Apple launched the third developer beta for iOS 14 on Wednesday, and according to 9to5Mac, there is evidence in the software that a 5.4 inch iPhone is indeed in the works. The culprit behind the spoiler is a feature of the iPhone called Display Zoom which enlarges the screen display, increasing the size of text, app icons, etc.
As 9to5Mac explains, the way the feature works is by changing the entire system interface to that of another iOS device with a smaller screen. If you have a 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus, Zoom Mode swaps your interface for that of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8. If you have a 4.7 inch iPhone 8, it uses the interface of a 4 inch iPhone. Meanwhile, the iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 Pro never had the display zoom feature at all, but it was eventually added to all three models in iOS 14 Developer beta 3, and 9to5Mac wanted to know what had motivated this change.
In 2018, the Brazilian news site of Apple iHelpBR used iOS Simulator on the Mac to find the iPhone XS Max screen resolution months before the phone was revealed. Two years later, 9to5Mac used the same app to force iOS Simulator to run at a resolution of 960 x 2079 pixels, which is the same resolution used by zoomed mode on modern 5.8-inch iPhone models. Experimenting with other resolutions caused the app to crash.
The iPhone 11 Pro was the smallest of 2019’s flagship iPhone models, and with the “Physical Size” option in the iOS Simulator app, 9to5Mac was able to demonstrate what the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 would look like compared to the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro. This roughly matches the iPhone 12 size comparisons that have appeared online in recent weeks, but gives us a better idea of what the phone will look like when turned on.
As we’ve pointed out before, if the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 model is really for real (and all the evidence suggests), it’ll be the smallest flagship iPhone model in years, even with its size. larger display due to the addition of the notch. Rumors also suggest that it could end up being around the same price as the iPhone 11 at $ 699, although the addition of an OLED display and support for 5G networks could push the price up. ‘a little.