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iPhone 12 leaked hands-on footage shows 120Hz mode

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Iphone 12 Footage (Image credit: FrontPageTech/Jon Prosser)

What you need to know

  • Footage purportedly showing the iPhone 12 has been leaked.
  • Specifically, the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • It appears to show a PVT unit with settings for 120Hz, as well as LiDAR camera and more.

Jon Prosser has leaked hands-on video footage of the iPhone 12 which appears to show the phone has a 120hz refresh rate setting.

On Tuesday, Prosser shared images suggesting the iPhone 12 would feature these settings, and promised a follow-up video:

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Prosser notes this model is a PVT (product valuation test) model, so likely reflective of the final iPhone 12's design. PVT is used to verify mass production yield when manufactured at full speed.

In the latest FPT video, Prosser shows off screenshots from within the iPhone's settings menu which reveal a toggle for LiDAR camera to help with autofocus and subject detection for video and Night Mode. It also shows video recording modes for 4K 120FPS and 4K 240FPS, the latter for Slow Mo, as well as an enhanced Night Mode setting.

According to the video, we can only confirm that the 6.7-inch PVT model has LiDAR, so it's unclear if this feature carries over to the other models.

The video also reveals that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has an 'Enable High refresh Rate' setting as well as an 'Enable Adaptive Refresh Rate' setting, suggesting the iPhone 12 Pro Max will have a 120Hz screen, as well as an adaptive mode to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on what's on the screen. According to reports, around half of the PVT iPhone 12 models in circulation have this feature, which suggests Apple is still testing the feature with a mind to include in the iPhone 12.

Prosser also shared filmed video of the PVT device running iOS and showing off all of the aforementioned features and settings. You can check it out below, five minutes into the video:

The video also shows off the final design of the notch on iPhone 12, which Prosser says is "just about the same size", but looks smaller because the iPhone 12 Pro Max's screen is larger. Face ID is also reportedly much faster and unlocks your phone at wider angles.

The camera module is reportedly around 10% larger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the PVT model also reportedly feels a bit lighter.

Whilst Prosser has missed on a couple of recent leaks (including photos reportedly showing Apple's AirPower prototype), the video evidence in this particular leak seems pretty clear cut, and if real, is our first-ever hands-on look at a working iPhone 12 Pro Max. As Prosser notes, it seems that the jury is still out on 120Hz in the iPhone 12, but that Apple is at least testing the feature with a mind to include it in the final released product.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.