2020 iPhones: OLED displays, different sizes, 5G support on two models
New display sizes and OLED panels for all
As previous reports have indicated, Kuo believes Apple will permanently ditch LCD displays on its lineup of smartphones starting next year. The move means the budget flagship and equivalent to the iPhone XR will feature an OLED panel, much like Apple’s premium models. Although not specified, the upgraded display will likely be accompanied by a noticeable bump in resolution that’ll put the phone on par with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Apple doesn’t, however, have any intention of changing the size of the display.
5G connectivity but only for the premium models
Moving away from the physical changes and over to the internal side of things, Kuo also voiced his predictions about 5G connectivity on next year’s iPhones. Specifically, he believes the technology will be limited to the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch devices next year, both of which will support sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum – the latter is what’s currently being deployed across the United States. According to Kuo’s timeline of 5G connectivity at Apple, support for the networks won’t extend to the company’s budget flagship until the next-gen model is launched in 2021.
Throughout the coming years, Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to rely heavily on Qualcomm’s supply of modems. By 2022 or 2023, however, the company’s in-house 5G modem should be ready for use inside devices, at which point the Silicon Valley-based company will likely begin reducing the amount of business it conducts with existing suppliers. In the meantime, Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to use its own antenna and power amplifier designs.
iPhone cameras are Apple's focus this year
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Apple’s hardware upgrades this year focus primarily on the front and rear cameras of the iPhone 11 series. All three models are expected to receive an all-new 12-megapixel selfie snapper while over on the rear each device will gain an extra camera.