We already have a lot of information about the (expanded) iPhone 12 line-up and (with two exceptions) they look ready to impress. But now we know Apple has added a surprise upgrade which no-one saw coming.

According to new supply chain images and schematics attained by hugely popular YouTuber Filip Koroy (aka EverythingApplePro), Apple is fitting a ring of magnets into the chassis of its iPhone 12 models. Moreover, the discovery has left industry insiders baffled over its function.

Koroy theorizes that it is “Potentially mounting or charging related, possibly even for a ‘snap in’ wireless charger solution”. This is highly plausible, especially if Apple is looking to road test options ahead of the iPhone going wireless-only in 2021. Could it even be related to their surprisingly small batteries?

That said, other leakers disagree with iHacktu Pro saying it is for inverted charging while Komiya specifically states it is “Not for reverse charging” but doesn’t offer an alternative use. Consequently, for the first time in several years, Apple appears to have stumped the leaker community. 

Personally, I feel Koroy has the best explanation but will this come to all models or make the final design? Either way, the discovery has added some genuine curiosity given what we already know about the iPhone 12’s new design, performance upgrades, radical camera tech, expanded screen sizes and faster charging. But could it also be a factor in their higher prices?

With the iPhone 12 range officially delayed and the release likely fractured, at least we now have a little more time to work it out.