Prototype iPhone 12 Pro Shown Off in Photos

Developer Giulio Zompetti, who often shows off prototype versions of Apple devices, today highlighted a prototype version of the iPhone 12 Pro.

prototype iphone 12 pro
The ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ is running an operating system called SwitchBoard, a nonUI version of the iOS 14 update that Apple uses internally. We've seen SwitchBoard on prototype devices before, as Apple uses it to test new features.

Zompetti's prototype iPhone is in Pacific Blue, which was one of the most popular ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ colors. Given the lighting in the photo, the color looks particularly dark, but it's likely the same shade as the final version that released.


The phone also appears to have no visible engravings, which is likely not a surprise as an earlier test version, but it otherwise appears to be similar to the ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ that launched in October.

In the past, Zompetti has shared prototype versions of the original Apple Watch and third-generation iPod touch.

Top Rated Comments

Yojimbo007 Avatar
5 days ago at 03:50 pm
why is this important at this point?... i have the real thing in my hands.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adepew Avatar
5 days ago at 03:42 pm
I wonder what that Ness app does. Someone at Apple is a Nintendo fan.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gaximus Avatar
5 days ago at 04:24 pm




The iPhone 12 Pro is running an operating system called SwitchBoard, a nonUI version of the iOS 14 update that Apple uses internally. We've seen SwitchBoard on prototype devices ('https://www.macrumors.com/2016/05/24/prototype-iphone-6-ebay/') before, as Apple uses it to test new features.

Looks like it has a UI to me.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
5 days ago at 03:43 pm
ok, cool ... should have tweeted this 6 months ago ;);)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
5 days ago at 03:49 pm
Looks like Apple still hasn't bothered to update SwitchBoard for rounded screen corners.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
19callum93 Avatar
5 days ago at 03:57 pm
Would love to see all previous iPhone prototype designs that never made production.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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