11 May 2020
Apple is reportedly redesigning its upcoming iPhone series by taking some design cues from the latest iPads. A recent report from Bloomberg talks about the upcoming products of Apple and what to expect from them. The report cites people familiar with the plans and claims Apple will announce as many as four new models and all of them will be 5G capable.
It is reported that the two top-end iPhone models will have flat stainless steel edges instead of the curved design. The design will be more like iPhone 5, with flat screens rather than the sloping edges on current models.
The two iPhone Pro models will include three cameras on the back and they will feature the new iPad Pro’s LIDAR 3D-scanning system, while the remaining two in the series will continue to have two cameras. The report says that the largest iPhone Pro will have a “slightly larger” screen than the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s 6.5-inch panel. The report also points out that the Face ID notch will “likely” be reduced in size. The report further comments on the hardware of the iPhone models. The processor that the new iPhone models are going to use will speed up AI and AR tasks.
The report, however, directs our attention to the fact that due to current circumstances developed by Coronavirus, Apple’s launch plans and iPhone specifications could change.
The report also throws light on HomePod speaker and claims Apple is developing a smaller and cheaper version of its HomePod. Citing the people familiar with the development, the report goes on to state that the new speaker will be released in the second half of this year. The slated launch timeframe is no different to what the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted. All such reported highlight that despite the pandemic and global emergency, Apple is determined to launch its speculated products this year.
Together with the major refresh of its existing products, Apple is also expected to launch Tags, a wireless accessory with a Tile-like tracker functionality to find your lost belongings. These trackers are also planned to launch this year.