We are almost halfway in 2019 and are soon approaching September, the month of new iPhone models. Over the last decade, the number of new models has gone up steadily from 1 in 2007 to 3 in 2019. With two model cycles sporting the same design, we can expect this year to bring a slightly refreshed design to the iPhone variants. However, rumours for the iPhone 2020 range has already started pouring in. Let's have a look.
Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with his predictions, which are usually spot on. He claims that all three models in next year's iPhone lineup will sport OLED panels which means Apple is looking to completely ditch LCD for the better version. Apart from that, Apple will likely introduce its first-ever 5G iPhone model next year.
Kuo also suggests that there will be two premium models with 5G support - one with a 5.4-inch OLED panel and another with a larger 6.7-inch display. The third model, with OLED this time, will be a iPhone XR successor, with a 6.1-inch display and upto LTE capabilities.
Apple is working on its in-house 5G modem, however will continue to use Qualcomm's technology until 2022. Additionally, the 2020 iPhone 12 and 12 Max will support both sub-6GHz and mmWave technology.
This year's models - the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max - will likely support only 4G LTE and will sport a design similar to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, albeit with a redesigned camera cutout.