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06 December 2019 00:33

iPhone 11 Jason Momoa Apple

The world’s top Apple insider says iPhone 12 is one of five new iPhone models coming in 2020

So says Economic Daily News, which reports that Apple is planning to release at least one variant of the iPhone 12 that will make use of Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanning tech, which can already be found on the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Note 10 handsets. So says hit-and-miss rumour peddler Digitimes, which reports that Apple's pricey wireless earbuds will come bundled with next year's iPhones. 22/11/19: Next year's iPhones look set to get an upgrade in the RAM department, according to analysts at Barclays. The analysts also expect the higher-end iPhone 12 models to feature rear-facing 3D sensing and mmWave support for higher-performance 5G. Barclays also threw out some predictions about the long-rumoured iPhone SE 2, claiming that production of the device will begin in February ahead of its likely release the following month.

While Geskin also shared an image of what a notch-less iPhone 12 would look like, his follow-up tweet suggests the cutout will remain for at least another year. The image, though not official, also suggests that the iPhone 12 could be the first to sport a quad-camera setup; recent rumours suggested Apple could equip next year's handsets with a depth-sensing Time of Flight sensor. So says analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who in a research note seen by Apple Insider claims a new, larger motherboard - necessary to accommodate the circuitry for connecting the new 5G antenna - could come with a 35 per cent increase in cost. So says Nikkei, which reports that Apple will release three iPhones with 5G connectivity next year that will utilise Qualcomm's X55 5G modem. As well as support for 5G connectivity and an all-new 5nm chip, Nikkei reports that next year's iPhones could debut Apple's first major redesign since 2017.

According to previous rumours, the handsets could also adopt an all-new chassis with a metal frame structure reminiscent of the iPhone 4. 28/10/19: Next year's iPhones could double the refresh rate of Apple's current handsets with 120Hz ProMotion displays. So says hit-and-miss rumour-peddler Digitimes, which claims the iPhone 12 will follow in the footsteps of Apple's ProMotion iPad Pros with a Pixel 4-rivalling 120Hz screen, a significant upgrade over the iPhones' current 60Hz displays. The iPhone will sport a high refresh rate OLED panel, according to Digitimes, unlike the iPad Pro's LCD offering. Geskin also claims that the iPhone 12 lineup will sport wider antennas on the top, bottom (below) which will be made from a new material - either glass, ceramic or sapphire.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also long-peddled the rumour that next year's iPhones will be the first to support 5G networks; he claims two "premium" Apple handsets will be 5G-ready at launch next year thanks to the inclusion of a Qualcomm modem and homegrown RF antenna designs. 25/9/19: Apple may have just released its iPhone 11 lineup, but renowned analyst Ming Chi-Kuo is already spouting rumours about next years handsets. According to his latest research note, seen by MacRumours, Apple's 2020 iPhones will sport a "significant" new design complete with metal frame structure reminiscent of the, er, iPhone 4. Kuo also reiterates his earlier predictions that next year's iPhones will be the first to offer 5G support, noting that the inclusion of next-gen connectivity will increase Apple's smartphone shipments to 85 million units in 2020, compared to 75 million new iPhone shipments in 2019. And if his guesswork is on the money, you can also expect next year's iPhones lineup to comprise 5.4in and 6.7in OLED variants and a 6.1in LCD variant, with the higher-spec models set to boast a rear-facing time-of-flight 3D camera that will support augmented reality 11/9/19: Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release three 5G-capable iPhones in 2020.

Kuo originally predicted that just two 5G iPhones would launch next year, in the form of Apple's premium 5.4in and 6.7in handsets. However, in a new research note seen by MacRumours, he claims all three of next year's iPhones will be 5G-ready as Apple looks to better compete with lower-cost 5G Android handsets. 22/7/19: Apple's looks set to equip next year's iPhones with 120Hz ProMotion displays. According to the tweet (above), Apple is "considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020", and is currently in talks with OLED display suppliers Samsung and LG. We're still a long way off from the release of Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup, but that doesn't mean the iPhone-maker's plans for next year aren't already coming into focus — and, if the top Apple insider in the world is right with his latest predictions, it seems that 2020 (and beyond) is shaping up to mark the start of a significant new chapter for Apple's most important product.

Following up on the news we reported here, about Apple planning to switch up its iPhone releases to both a spring and fall schedule (instead of the usual once-a-year release) after next year's releases, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with TF International Securities is out with a new report today with another revealing bit of insight about Apple's plans for 2020. All this would be in-line with the expectation that 2020/2021 will bring some major design changes to the iPhone, with rumors also predicting that at least two of those models we mentioned above will sport OLED displays. Ming-Chi Kuo predictions for the 2020 and 2021 iPhone lineup In a research note seen by AppleInsider, TF Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo says that "5G support will be the most critical technology upgrade for new 2H20 iPhone models." He predicts that all of the " iPhone 12 " models in the fall of 2020 will be equipped with the Qualcomm X55 modem and support 5G —with specific bands of support dependent on the country.He predicts that Apple may disable the non-mmWave iPhone 5G function for countries that don't offer that aspect, or have a shallow 5G penetration rate to reduce the purchase cost. As such, he predicts that the Sub-6G+mmWave iPhone will launch in five markets, including the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the UK, and account for up to 20% of the total new iPhone shipments in the second half of calendar year 2020.While there are routing and advantages promised to customers in the future in the 5G sub-6GHz network, mmWave is the source of much of the promised speed of 5G Beyond 5G support, the 2020 iPhone is expected to get 3D depth sensing capabilities using the rear camera. It is also suggested Apple could bring back Touch ID by taking advantage of acoustic fingerprinting to turn the entire display into a fingerprint reader, something that has been featured in a few patent applications by the company.He further goes on to repeat his previous predictions that the " iPhone 12 will have four models, including 5.4-inch OLED with rear dual-cam, 6.1-inch OLED with rear dual-cam, 6.1-inch OLED with rear triple-cam plus time-of-flight sensors, and 6.7- inch OLED with rear triple-cam+ToF. He expects Apple to launch the 4.7-inch LCD "iPhone SE2" earlier in 2020, with a form-factor similar to that of the iPhone 8.For the first time, though, Kuo is predicting an "iPhone SE2 Plus" in the first half of 2021, in 5.5- or 6.1-inch sizes, with a full-screen design. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a new research note predicting Apple's next two years of iPhones, and there's a wild new detail: Apple's 2021 flagship iPhone will reportedly kill off the Lightning port, but USB-C fans (like myself) shouldn't get too excited. First up is the long-rumored iPhone SE 2, which Kuo says will have a 4.7-inch LCD display and a form factor nearly identical to the iPhone 8. Kuo's note says that Apple is planning four OLED iPhones, all of which will have 5G. According to Kuo, the new model (let's call it the iPhone 12) will feature a 6.1-inch size, similar to the current iPhone 11, but it'll also come in a smaller 5.4-inch size. Apple's 2020 launch strategy as far as its iPhones are concerned just got a major revision from a renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Previously, when he stated that the California-based giant was expected to launch three 5G-ready iPhone 12 models and one low-cost iPhone SE 2 option, the new report now predicts a total of five models for next year. All Four iPhone 12 Models Will Get 5G Support; Differences Will Be Seen in the Camera Department Kuo now states that the iPhone 12 launch will comprise up of the following models. A previous report provided the same details, stating that two iPhone 12 models will belong to the low-cost category, while the remaining will cement their position in the premium segment, offering more features and understandably, a higher price tag. The pricier iPhone 12 models are expected to come with rear triple camera setups that will also include ToF units. In terms of design, Kuo states that the new models will resemble the iPhone 4, a remark which he made in an earlier report. For 2021, the analyst from TF International predicts that Apple is planning to release a larger, full-screen iPhone SE 2 Plus, along with an iPhone 13 family that may not feature a Lightning port, or any other charging port for that matter, providing a wireless experience for users.