The 2019 iPhones will 'lack novelty' features, analysts suggest

The 2019 iPhones will 'lack novelty' features, analysts suggest
iPhone 11 CAD-based render

In a year where Google and Samsung appear to be upping their game in almost every department, Apple is reportedly planning just a handful of upgrades for its next-gen iPhones. Because of this, certain analysts believe the next-gen iPhones will be rather boring.

Most of the iPhone 11's upgrades will be minor


In an investor note shared recently, analysts at Mizuho stated that the 2019 iPhones are expected “to lack novelty” due to the minimal upgrades that are planned. As a direct result of this, the analysts expect Apple’s smartphone business to struggle “for two years straight, which would be a rare occurrence for the company."

Corroborating previous reports, Mizuho stated that there will be two OLED iPhones and an LCD variant later this year. The panels will boast the same specifications seen on the 2018 displays but this time around Apple is said to be ditching the Force Touch system entirely. When it comes to suppliers, the investor note points towards Japan Display being the main source of the iPhone 11R’s LCD panel followed by LG Display and possibly Sharp. Samsung is expected to be the only source of OLED displays for the standard iPhone 11 and should share orders with LG for the larger iPhone 11 Max.

The 2019 models will look virtually the same from the front

The 2019 models will look virtually the same from the front

Despite initial rumors, the look of the smartphones from the front and the overall size of the notch is expected to remain the same. However, the possibility of "potentially slightly more narrow bezels” does still exist, although the change could be almost unnoticeable. Internally, the flagship devices are expected to carry Apple’s next-gen A13 chip. Nevertheless, Mizuho expects “only minor changes” over the A12 Bionic that is present inside the iPhone XS. Unsurprisingly, 5G support isn't expected either.

Analysts are still excited about the new cameras


The “only major change” Mizuho expects to see on this year's iPhones is “an improved rear camera” in the form of a new triple-sensor setup on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. Mizuho has “high hopes” for the layout, especially the new super-wide-angle lens, but says that it’s still “difficult to predict” whether the upgrades cameras are the right path for Apple to recapture the interest of consumers. After all, “Huawei, Samsung, and other peers have already launched multiple phones equipped with triple cameras.”

If reports are to be believed, the main and telephoto cameras on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will sport 12-megapixel resolutions and include optical image stabilization. The added wide-angle lens on these models should feature the same resolution but ditch the optical image stabilization. Apple is also said to be preparing an improvement to the iPhone’s Portrait Mode through the upgraded hardware. Regarding the cheaper iPhone 11R, Mizuho mentions the presence of the same main and telephoto cameras found on the premium models.

Will the new cameras be enough to spark interest?

Will the new cameras be enough to spark interest?

Accompanying the rear camera upgrades should be an all-new 12-megapixel selfie snapper up front that'll replace the 7-megapixel sensor found on existing devices. This will reportedly be covered in a special black coating that'll conceal the sensor and make the notch look more uniform. The same coating may make its way over to the rear cameras too.

Apple was rumored to be working on rear-facing 3D sensors for its next-generation iPhones. However, “after taking into consideration component features, production capacity, costs, and energy-saving ability” it ultimately scrapped the idea for now. Nevertheless, Mizuho points out that they could create “new business opportunities” in the future.

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39 Comments

1. LEEDAQ

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Release the gaddam SE2

10. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Next to no one wants a tiny SE or SE2. If you want that form factor, then buy Apple's iPod touch, then use another phone as a hotspot for the iPods connection. As far as Apple is working on a rear-facing 3D sensor for its next-generation iPhones. So in other words Apple's 2020 iPhone will have LG's ToF cameras. Apple has paid money to LG for some displays, so why not LG's ToF cameras. LG also holds the patents for those ToF cameras.

16. Ichimoku

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

+1 with 4.7 inch display

28. miketer

Posts: 496; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I'm with you on that.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Skip 2019 iPhones, buy in 2020.

20. oldskool50

Posts: 732; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Snip them 4ever. They are forever gone a be behind now. The same happened in the PC market and iPhone has cannibalized the iPod. Apple needs to come hard with each model, because they seem to believe they can keep fooling their fans. I want the iPhone to be a better phone for what it costs. It doesn't have to be a Note, but it's not even equal to the S.

27. blingblingthing

Posts: 891; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Great point. You can get a snapdragon 855 phone for $400 with an OLED screen. LCD in 2019? Come on Apple.

33. Romantico3pe

Posts: 177; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Well there is some people like me that prefer lcd over oled, i am glad apple keeps releasing lcd screened phones

35. skips

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

and what is the rest if the phone like lol

3. SyCo87

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Notchy notchy notch

4. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 33; Member since: May 29, 2019

Not that it needs the novelties, people will still buy it, even though the devil in the details should scare them away from immediately upgrading.

5. Mike88

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It'll be the most beautiful, most powerful, most secure, most serious and most appealing phone of the year.. An iPhone is a novelty in itself, it'll also have some great features of it's own so the analysts should find a job

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 812; Member since: May 17, 2017

Dear lord, I hope this comment was sarcasm...

15. oldskool50

Posts: 732; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Sounds like Midan

39. wickedwilly

Posts: 581; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Most beautiful with a huge notch and offset camera hump, I do not think so. Most powerful, maybe in benchmarks, but not in performance and functionality. Most serious ....... not even sure what this means! Appealing, to 85-90% of the worlds smartphone users definitely not. Its features, both software and hardware will be catching up to its peers.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1453; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Apple won’t ditch the notch for a while. Hell, it took them 10 years to change the front design of the original iPhone.

25. lyndon420

Posts: 6498; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Depends on how many notched Samsung displays they bought.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 6647; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple products do not have notches ;).

36. MrMalignance

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

@leo: lmao

8. User123456789

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Every year upgrapes are very minor.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6855; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Only iPhones release the least upgrades, especially in comparison to the competition.

18. oldskool50

Posts: 732; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

In actuality, Samsung phones arent all that much different. Upgrades are fairly minor over just a year older model. But what makes up for it is, it has 5 years worth of tech, that many phones dont have including and especially the iPhone. The Note 9 wasn't a huge deal over Note 8 and the S9 wasn't a huge deal over the S8. But Apple with their one new feature almost per model is terrible. The fact the latest iPhone XR, has less features than the S7 edge which was the same price back then, shows it has worse problems then just a high price. But I've gotten board with yearly upgrades and I plan to not upgrade after the next Note.

13. JohnR

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

Cool. I'll keep my XS.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3873; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Will lack features. FTFY

26. Poptart2828

Posts: 323; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I don't think lacking features will matter too PA. The review score will surely be the highest PA has ever given.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 6647; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There are 2y now since there's no reason to buy a new phone - from Apple or from any other brand.

31. mackan84

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

The thing is that most of us don’t do anything differently on our current phone compared to the one we had 4 years ago... Apples strategy to wait for tech to get cheaper is business-smart. The competition is over and the current iPhone-user ain’t going anywhere. Customers have spoken what they want when they upgrade; a longtime supported device with a better camera then the last one.

37. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 33; Member since: May 29, 2019

And pretty much no support when it breaks.

34. AlienKiss

Posts: 48; Member since: May 21, 2019

How about a infrared camera? Camera quality is one of the last things that interest me when buying a new phone, but if a phone would have a infrared camera, I'd be all over it..

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