2020 iPhones: OLED displays, different sizes, 5G support on two models

2020 iPhones: OLED displays, different sizes, 5G support on two models
Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

This year’s iPhone upgrades will reportedly focus primarily on the cameras, but according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has a number of important physical and internal changes in the pipeline for 2020.

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. 

Per Kuo’s investor note, the 2020 iPhone XR will retain the 6.1-inch diagonal found on the current-gen model. But due to the noticeably thinner bezels that OLED panels allow for, the smartphone will probably be quite a bit smaller. Joining Apple’s budget flagship next year should be the successors to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. So far, the Cupertino-based company has retained 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch diagonals for these models, but next year they will reportedly decrease and increase respectively to 5.4-inches and 6.7-inches.

Rumor has the 2020 premium models will feature thinner bezels and potentially no notch. If true, the 6.7-inch device will probably be the same size as the iPhone XS Max despite the slightly larger display, while the 5.4-inch version could be closer to the iPhone 8 in terms of size rather than the iPhone X and XS.

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.

If reports are to be believed, the entire lineup will feature a main 12-megapixel sensor on the rear accompanied by a 2x telephoto zoom camera that also offers a 12-megapixel resolution. In both cases, optical image stabilization is to be expected. Then, as an exclusive feature on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max, a new super-wide-angle lens with support for a 120-degree field of view will reportedly be present. This sensor should once again sport a 12-megapixel resolution but it’ll apparently ditch the optical image stabilization due to current hardware limitations.

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20 Comments

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Going to be sad when Apple adds night sight and a wide angle camera, charge $1000 then fans will claim Apple did it first and the price is fair. While at this time the S10 will be available for a lower price.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That's comment was played out like 3 years ago...you sound like you want an iPhone so bad. If you don't like them, them skip the article and move on because they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Coming from an Android user

9. oldskool50

Posts: 1323; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Why do you need to buy or own a phone to give an opinion about it? Oh, that right....YOU DON'T If he wants to or not, isn't even your concern. Actually, no he doesn't sound like he wants to buy an iPhone. if you think he does, and then you're calling him out for YOUR thought; then its actually you who has the problem. So many little whiners. Can't handle someone saying somethign bad about their favorite. Why don't you become brand agnostic and then you won't get yoru panties in a bunch every time someone says something you don't like. Especially when what they say is true Truth hurts sometimes. Either take it like a man or whine like a baby. Pick one and stick to it. Stop playing both sides of the coin.

11. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Look at captain save a hoe coming to the rescue....talk about whining like a baby, you had to sit there and write a whole essay .

5. briankeithmays

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Who cares! This s**t over a year away!

19. dvlprr

Posts: 64; Member since: May 08, 2019

Leave then.

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Whatever happened to the possible conversion from OLED to mLEDs by 2020

13. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Truth: android getting their 5G phones ready and sells a little = people don’t care But apple putting 5G and sells 100M in a year = apple is trendsetter and game changer.

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Android 5G phones will reach 100M long before Apple does. Worldwide Apple iPhone sales are declining as is and China will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future, making it that much harder for Apple to make those sales to begin with. Also the cheaper models are by far the more popular iPhones and since the cheaper model won't be getting 5G next year, chances are Apple probably won't hit 100M 5G iPhones til 2022 at the earliest.

18. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Also the cheaper models are by far the more popular iPhones" False, Apple best selling models are iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. That's why their ASP is so high, if cheaper models would be best selling, ASP would be lot lower.

20. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The XR is the cheaper model... If i meant the older models I would've said so.

14. irwan92

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

6.7 ? To know apple i can confirm this phone will be taller than those galaxies

15. sebstin

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

5.4" is perfect size for folks looking for a compact phone.. Hope bezels are thin too..

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