All iPhone parts must be connected to the leaked piece of hardware. In previous iPhones, it was a wider, shorter part, but this time Apple stretched it and turned it into an L shape.
The new shape should probably make it easier to attach a battery between the motherboard. It could indicate a new battery design for the phone. Since Apple improved battery life with previous iPhones, this also seems to be a logical step.
The redesign can also help to place new parts in the iPhone, for example. In any case, it would mean that the iPhone 12 becomes more than a small, iterative update to previous models.
The new iPhone 12 is said to have a design inspired by the iPhone 4, similar to the iPad Pro. The screen becomes flat again, with a steel band on either side.
Apple would also deliver the new iPhone without earplugs for the first time, according to acclaimed Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo.
However, the tech giant would put its AirPods on sale in the second half of 2020, to drive earplug sales.