After just a few short months on the market, the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are rumored to be getting superseded by new models. Tradition goes that Apple gives us three new iPhones each year, but 2020 looks set to break that mould. If the gossip is to be believed, next year should bring us 5 new iPhones, including one in the coming six months.
9to5Mac has got the rumor mill pumping. Their credentials for believability are decent; Ming-Chi Kuo is an Apple analyst of note with a track record of getting this type of thing on point. Kuo is saying we can expect an iPhone SE 2 from Apple in his latest report.
This phone is said to look similar to the iPhone 8, with its 4.7-inch screen. Inside will be more up-to-date, following the trope of the first SE looking like the iPhone 5S but the internal specs being up to speed with the 6S.
The big update, as ever, is due to come later in 2020. Four new iPhones are anticipated according to Kuo, display sizes of 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches for two models, and a 6.7-inch version are on the cards. Said displays will be OLED and all will function with 5G technology, the big differentiator is going to be the camera specs.
The smaller, and therefore lower-end phones with the 5.4 and 6.1-inch displays, will only have two rear cameras. The better 6.1-incher and the 6.7-incher should be getting three rear-mounted camera as well as a time-of-flight sensor for 3D capabilities. When talking about actual design, Kuo reports that the look is going to be something like the iPhone 4.
Compared to this year’s cohort of iPhones, the standard iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch screen, the Pro has 5.8 inches of OLED screen and the Pro Max is equipped with a 6.5-inch OLED screen. Camera-wise, the basic 11 has two cameras and the Pro and Pro Max have three cameras on the rear.
Another prediction from Kuo is that a 2021 iPhone iteration might lose the Lightning port entirely and go over to a fully wireless experience on the highest level handset. The chance of a move to USB-C for wired charging seems to not be happening now.
As a final prediction, Kuo reckons the iPhone SE 2 will get an all-screen design but ditch FaceID facial recognition and instead use Touch ID fingerprint unlocking tech. It’s expected the scanner will end up merged into the side-mounted power button. As for screen size, the story goes that it’ll be either 5.5 or 6.1 inches.