iPhone 12 leak direct from Apple just revealed it'll have a narrower notch

iPhone 11
The iPhone notch might finally be shrinking on at least one model (Image credit: Future)

We’re just hours away from the launch of the iPhone 12 range at the time of writing, but ahead of that there’s one last leak, and this one comes from Apple itself.

The company has uploaded four new icons to iCloud and the Apple ID website, as spotted by @AppleSWUpdates. These icons are each a tiny image of the front of an iPhone, and while they look much like the iPhone 11 range, they use the identifiers iPhone13,1, 13,2, 13,3 and 13,4, which as @AppleSWUpdates notes, aren’t used by any current iPhones.

That, plus the timing of them and the fact that we’re expecting four iPhone 12 models to launch, suggests that these images show those rumored upcoming phones, specifically the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

iPhone 12 icon

(Image credit: Apple / 9to5Mac)

While the design looks very similar to current models there are some differences too. 9to5Mac has managed to get the images in a better quality and show that one of them has a smaller notch to current iPhones, as you can see above.

It appears ever so slightly narrower, which is in line with claims that the iPhone 12 Mini would have a narrower notch. Those claims also suggest its notch will stick out further into the screen, which isn’t apparent here, but it’s possible that it does so slightly.

The edges also look slightly different, which lines up with rumors that the iPhone 12 range will have flatter sides than the iPhone 11 range.

While it’s possible that these are placeholder or generic images, there’s a good chance that they really do show the iPhone 12 range, especially given the differences to the iPhone 11 range. So this could be our first official look at the phones.

We’ll know for sure soon, as Apple is set to unveil the new handsets at 10am PT, 1pm ET or 6pm BST, which is 4am AEDT in Australia on October 14. The event will be streamed online, so if you want to tune in you can – here’s how.

TechRadar will also be covering the event in full, so check back for all the announcements and our in-depth analysis.

James Rogerson

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.