17 July 2019
While we are still at least a couple of months away from the 2019 iPhone launch, industry analysts have started making predictions about what to expect from Apple next year. A J.P. Morgan Chase analyst Samik Chatterjee has published research notes offering some insights on how Apple could plan for 2020 iPhone models.
These notes mention that we are likely to see a total of four iPhone models including a budget model in 2020. Three of these iPhones will sport OLED display panels and offer 5G connectivity. The three iPhones are said to become available in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch display sizes respectively. The 5G capability is reported to be powered by mmWave frequency compatible 5G baseband modems.
It further adds that at least two of three high-end iPhones will feature 3D sensing Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This is something we have seen in a few Android smartphones and Apple is rumored to be interested in using for some time now. The ToF sensor will allow Apple iPhones to offer more advanced and sophisticated VR and AR experiences including games. This particular claim is not surprising considering that Apple has been very vocal about its deep interest in how AR and VR will change the way we interact and consume content via our phones.
Here is what the actual note reads:
"Our expectations include all three Sep-2020 iPhones (5.4″/6.1″/6.7″ screen sizes) will adopt OLED displays and 5G baseband modems (with support for mmWave frequencies), and at least two of the three models adopting world facing 3D Sensing (Time of Flight) driving industry leading AR/VR capabilities which can be leveraged by custom built applications (including games)."
As far as the budget iPhone for 2020 is concerned, most of the details have not been mentioned. It is expected to have a relatively smaller display size with an LCD panel. It should also be missing out on 5G connectivity and stick to 4G LTE. The same holds true for the ToF sensor as it might not come with that as well. This will allow Apple to keep the price down which would still be expensive than the competition but lower than high-end iPhone counterparts.
All of these claims fall in line with previous reports and research notes including the one shared by Ming-Chi Kuo. He is also expecting Apple to release three OLED iPhone models next year along with a budget variant. Since we have more than a year for these iPhones to become official, we should definitely be hearing more reports, leaks, and research notes.