Apple’s 2020 iPhone is quickly taking shape and we already know it is packing major internal upgrades. But that tech is just half the story.

In a new exclusive, popular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApplePro) has learnt from famously accurate Apple insider Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka OnLeaks) that Apple has developed technology to integrate a ring flash around an iPhone camera module. Something which has potentially stunning repercussions for the next-gen 2020 iPhone 12 design.

Breaking it down, Koroy explains that the tech breakthrough actually stems from January 2019 when Hemmerstoffer revealed a prototype design for the iPhone 11 Pro, which Apple ultimately discarded. Hemmerstoffer confirmed to Koroy that the prototype was “99% legit” based on his sources and, given the leaker then revealed the final iPhone 11 Pro design just days later (and nine months ahead of the Apple launch), it is fair to say his sources are second to none.

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Moreover, as Koroy points out, this stunning design and Apple’s decision not to follow through with it would explain how Apple is widely expected to integrate an additional Time of Flight camera module into the iPhone 12. This despite multiple leaks saying the overall look of the camera modules and camera hump will not change dramatically from the iPhone 11 Pro. The ToF sensor (which is typically much smaller than a standard camera module) would fit perfectly inside the flash module, with Apple able to use its ring flash technology discarded from the iPhone 11 prototype.

And the potential of an iPhone 12 with ToF is hugely exciting. After all, most of Apple’s rivals integrated ToF sensors into their 2019 flagships yet the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max can stand toe-to-toe and, in many cases, beat them without this clever distance-measuring tech. With Bloomberg also convinced Apple will amplify ToF to create a “long-range 3D camera” in the iPhone 12, a ring flash may just be the key to the whole thing.

That said, it is also looking like just the cherry on top of Apple’s next-gen iPhone. Leaks have already revealed Apple will launch a number of firsts with the iPhone 12, including high refresh rate ProMotion displays using Samsung’s post-Galaxy S20 OLED panels, new screen sizes, an A14 chipset capable of challenging a MacBook Pro, bespoke Apple 5G antennas and in-display Touch ID.

With prices also looking surprisingly reasonable, Apple may have a full house with the iPhone 12. Just so long as it isn’t forced to postpone the release date.

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