Images of an alleged iPhone 12 Pro prototype have been revealed on Twitter, showing an unfinished version of the Pacific Blue model. The amazing thing is that the smartphone doesn’t even use iOS as an operating system.

This is because the iPhone 12 Pro prototype uses an operating system called SwitchBoard, which is a non-UI version of iOS 14.

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Prototype iPhone 12 Pro – Credit: @ 1nsane_dev / Twitter

Many prototypes of Apple iPhones have already been seen on the Internet. Some of them have even been sold, like the iPhone Edge which was sold at auction, or even a prototype iPhone 6 which almost sold on eBay.

A prototype iPhone 12 Pro in Pacific Blue

There are many differences to note between the prototype iPhone 12 Pro and the final version that you may be using right now. Indeed, we can already notice that Pacific Blue color looks slightly darker than the final model, but this may be due to poor lighting. Aside from the Apple logo, the back of the iPhone 12 Pro does not include any inscriptions. This prototype does not fully support the notch, since part of it cannot display anything.

The iPhone 12 Pro prototype also appears to lack a LiDAR scanner. Its role is to map an area by measuring the distance of objects through reflected light rays. In particular, it makes it possible to measure the size of a person instantly, or to create more realistic augmented reality effects, as demonstrated by TikTok’s first effect compatible with LiDAR.

As you can see, the icons on the homepage are also quite different from the regular iPhones. Indeed, this prototype does not work on iOS 14, but on SwitchBoard, which is a version without a user interface. Moreover, the traditional default version of the iPhone’s iOS homepage is called SpringBoard. This includes diagnostic applications and other utilities that are not generally available to the public. Among the utilities that can be spotted in the image, we find known utilities such as Console and USBHost, but also new utilities such as Astro or Ness.

Source: @ 1nside_dev