Apple's mysterious 5.4" iPhone 12 Pro will have a top-shelf Samsung display


So far, the most reputable Apple analyst has already mentioned twice the display diagonals of the first 5G iPhones that are expected to land in 2020. Since his copious supply chain and industry insider connections have rarely taken him for a ride, we can reasonably expect a large 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro model, a smaller 6.1" one, and a teeny-tiny 5.4-incher. Wait, what?

That's right, Ming-Chi Kuo has been predicting Apple's move back to compact phones for a while now, and the latest report in Korean media just came to corroborate his findings. While it was meant to inform which of the two big Korean manufacturer will supply what OLED panel size to Apple for the iPhone 12 series, and whether the touch function will be integrated or layered on, the report tangentially confirmed the exact same screen sizes.

It turns out that the 5.4" iPhone 12 may actually be a Pro model, exactly as predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo, together with the much larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max, or whatever Apple names it. The 6.1" version, on the other hand, has the most chance to end up as the iPhone 12, a direct heir of the entry-level iPhone 11 we have now.

Apple's 5.4" iPhone 12 may indeed be a compact Pro model


Pouring water in that particular rumor mill is the fact that the alleged 5.4" and 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro/Max models will have flexible OLED displays supplied exclusively by Samsung, and with the more expensive integrated touch module that Samsung calls Y-Octa. The 6.1" OLED screen supplies, on the other hand, are said to be shared with LG, and carry an extra touch layer, potentially indicating that they are for a cheaper, less refined model.

So far, Apple has only rarely tested the waters with LG OLED displays, as small and medium sized ones are not the company's strong suit, unlike big TV panels. It has relegated LG to secondary display supply functions for iPhone screen replacements or wearables like the Apple Watch, so it seems logical that the 6.1-incher could be the affordable model with lower screen resolution.

Another fact in indirect support of this theory is that the up-and-coming Chinese OLED makers from BOE have also been in the running for the 6.1" iPhone 12's OLED display, but have so far demonstrated poor yields with sufficient quality, tip insiders, so Apple may only be left with the Samsung and LG sources. 

LG, however, had a breakthrough recently, managing to raise quality yields enough to ship some 6.7" OLED screens for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Those still won't be enough for the tens of millions of units that an eventual 6.1" iPhone 12 will likely have to ship in, so we'd still bet that LG will be supplying screens for the cheapest fall 2020 model.


Now, what would that 5.4" iPhone 12 Pro look like? Unlike the other two, this is a brand new screen diagonal for Apple, and one that is likely to result in a very, very compact handset, something that Apple aficionados have been clamoring for since the days of the iPhone SE. Granted, last year Apple kept the 4.7" iPhone 8 as an option, but it is getting way long in the tooth now, and doesn't have all the modern bells and whistles.

A 5.4-incher with the brand new iPhone 12 design will likely be just as small as the iPhone 8, and still carry all the A14 power that Apple can offer next year, and maybe a 5G option to boot. Barring a very high price tag, that may indeed turn out to be the stealth hit for Apple next year, but we'll have to wait some more before the first leaked render hit the tape. The iPhone 12 series is rumored to have a steel-and-glass body with flat sides reminiscent of the iPhone 4, so it's going to be back to the future for all next year, it seems.

For an even smaller model, look no further than the rumored most affordable 2020 iPhone - an SE successor - that is said to land in the spring. This way Apple will have iPhones for every taste and palm next year, sprinkled with three 5G versions on top. What do you think about Apple's expected 2020 roster?

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24 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Apple can do all the redesigning to phone it wants to but if they don't add some modern features to the OS they are going to fall further behind in market share. Be it 5G will still sell a ton of units because it's the shiney new toy in the garage so to speak but having to reach all the to the top of the screen to go back is ridiculous in 2019/20, all that screen real-estate and powerful chipset and no real split screen multitasking, pencil support would be nice too... I got board with my 11 Pro Max and went back to my Note 10+... YouTube still plays in a small window or up top as I type this on the screen below... Go figure...

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, I swear I just sold my Pro Max yesterday. I just wasn't using it enough, and knew I could make money. I packaged it with pods Pro and watch, and made $1,100. I'm rocking all Samsung, other than my 2018 iPad Pro, and still got my OG AirPods. Apple has to step its game way up in 2020. Good phone, but way too boring, feature lacking, and restrictive.

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Bro I'm thinking about doing the same thing but not giving up my Air Pod Pro's though lol. Nice sell though! I just grabbed the Tab S6 and am very impressed so far. Only thing Apple I'm rocking right now are both pro's power beats and air pods because they are the prefect wireless headphones so far to me! But I agree. Phone is good but boring Samsung is killing it right now!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr. Since I have my gen 1 AirPods, I figured why not sell the pros, and get the extra money. I just don't use the iPhone enough with my having a Note. Won't hate on it, but it's missing too much a phone that size and that much power should have.

14. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Im crazy tempted to sell mine as well (im a dumb ass and got the 512gb one too) but it just sits on my desk, particularly now that RCS is starting to actually get used. Using my Samsung and Oneplus most days.

16. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ouch... The 512gb... I refuse to go any higher than the base storage. Especially if Samsung is offering 256gb at the same price point... You should get some good coin if you decide to sell. I'm gonna grab the one plus McLaren 5G when it drops for T-mobile since they are turning on real nation wide 5G next week...

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It took me two weeks to decide to sell it bro. I was taking it out my pocket less and less, so pulled the trigger yesterday.

23. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I actually like the simple UI, but they really got to fix the crappy front-facing camera. Imagine my surprise when I was more impressed with my Note 10 front facing camera than the one on the iPhone 11 Pro. Was going to go back to iPhone but it quickly made me throw that idea out the window.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

At this point, I don't think I could use an iPhone as my only device over a Note. I can have both, but if I only have one, it's gotta be a Note. It just does wayyyy too much, and is too much of a versatile powerhouse. Smart move keeping your Note.

24. technophone

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 25, 2019

even though I hate iPhone os this design, its manliness, its metal look says man buy me

2. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think the problem with small phones will be all the features that we demand. How do you fit everything we require into a phone with a battery substantial enough to last? Unless we can get a phone that can stream everything except an OS and have it work everywhere then I don't see small phones making a huge comeback like we once hoped.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If someone can make a 5,4” bezelless 120Hz 5G flagship with great battery life it is Apple.

8. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

When has Apple made a bezeless phone?

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7570; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A 5.4" bezelless 120 hz 5G flagship. That spells a recipe for battery hog.

10. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Any -yes I mean ANY- manufacturer can do it, with the expense of thickness. Apple is not special.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Of course. Apple knows who its go to supplier is.

13. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

They need the best ;)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr

12. JCASS889

Posts: 607; Member since: May 18, 2018

Ios needs true unrestricted file management access, and allow 3rd party applications. And maybe some more media types besides the 2 formats they support.

15. gjkiii

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

As an android guy I used to think that Apple needs to step it up but I don't think thats the case anymore. The general public aren't as tech enthusiastic as we think. As long as Apple make a great looking phone with a great camera they won't care. The lack of features is made up by apple's accessories (air pods and watch).

17. extraterestial

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 08, 2019

iPhone 11 is out for 2 months and PA is already wetting their panties over iPhone 12, even tho there´s nothing to be excited for. It will just another boring, overpriced device with restrictive OS lacking a ton of features.

18. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I've been eyeing the 11 for a while but I'm holding on to my current phone for a long while. If the iPhone 12 has a good Oled then it's a done deal. I want to go back to iOS for a few reasons.

22. CDexterWard

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

At least next year they will have enough cameras to make their camera hump look symmetrical and clean

26. Solarius

Posts: 13; Member since: May 24, 2019

I have the Samsung note 10 plus for Netflix and before I had oneplus, Xiaomi and my main smartphone is the iPhone SE is the one I use mainly because already it is very solid with an aluminum back and I can m ' to use one hand is really the size that I need but if Apple out a 5.4 screen I would not say no, but the battery must be at least the day and Apple can do it because he did it with the series 11 gains of 4, 5 hour and the weight is important

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