Apple iPhone 8S to launch in early 2020 with 4.7-inch display, A13 processor

Apple iPhone 8S to launch in early 2020 with 4.7-inch display, A13 processor
Apple iPhone 8

Apple apparently has an extensive lineup of iPhones planned for release later this year, but according to a new report (via DigiTimes) by the Economic Daily Times, the Cupertino giant is also preparing a revised version of the iPhone 8 that’ll arrive in early 2020.

A revised iPhone 8 with Apple's latest internals


From the look of things, the upcoming smartphone will be to the iPhone 8 what the iPhone SE was to the iPhone 5/5s. According to sources within the Taiwan-based Fubon Securities Investment Trust, it’ll retain the existing iPhone 8’s 4.7-inch LCD display, thus making it the first iPhone to launch with thick bezels and a physical home button since 2017.

In addition to this, the smartphone will apparently retail a single camera on the rear. However, some big improvements to the sensor are to be expected – the iPhone 8S (or whatever Apple chooses to call it) will likely borrow the iPhone XI’s primary camera. Speaking of the iPhone XI, the report also suggests Apple’s new iPhone will borrow the latter’s next-gen A13 processor and 128GB of base storage.

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8


The iPhone 8S is currently expected to debut in late March at Apple’s annual event. Apple is apparently planning an initial production run of 20 million units which will be manufactured by Pegatron. In terms of how much the device will cost, today's report points towards a retail price of $649, placing it directly between the existing iPhone 8 ($599) and iPhone 8 Plus ($699).

It should join the iPhone XI/XI Max, iPhone XR2, and iPhone XE


As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Apple also has a range of iPhone models planned for later this year. These are the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max, an iPhone XR successor, and a compact iPhone XE.

Starting with the iPhone XI duo, these are expected to include updated displays that are paired with reduced bezels and a slightly smaller notch. In addition to this, rumors suggest the flagships could boast as many as three rear cameras thanks to the addition of a new wide-angle offering.

Other upgrades for these devices should include decent boosts in battery capacity and support for reverse wireless charging. This feature, as seen previously on the Galaxy S10 series, will allow users to charge other phones and accessories such as AirPods and the Apple Watch.

Moving over to the iPhone XR’s replacement, this model is once again expected to boast a 6.1-inch LCD display. A minimum of two rear cameras is to be expected this time around and, like the iPhone 8S and iPhone XI duo, the smartphone should sport Apple’s A13 chip and iOS 13 straight out of the box.

Apple iPhone XE concept render

Apple iPhone XE concept render

Last but certainly not least is the rumored iPhone XE. This smartphone will apparently act as a successor to the fan-favorite iPhone SE and will debut with a 4.8-inch display topped off with a notch and Face ID. However, it won’t retain all of the flagship features.

According to recent reports, it’ll feature Apple’s A12 Bionic on the inside rather than the upcoming A13 chip and a single 12-megapixel rear camera. Also, an aluminum build is to be expected rather than the current glass and stainless steel combination found on the iPhone XS, which means no wireless charging support.

What will Apple's final iPhone lineup look like?


Once the iPhone 8S reaches store shelves in early 2020, Apple could be left with a rather extensive lineup of devices that consists of current-gen models and the upcoming smartphones it has in the pipeline. Here’s what the iPhone lineup could look like come next year if Apple keeps every model:

  • iPhone XI Max - $1,099
  • iPhone XI - $999
  • iPhone XS Max - $999
  • iPhone XS - $899
  • iPhone XR2 - $799
  • iPhone XR - $649
  • iPhone 8S - $649
  • iPhone XE - $599
  • iPhone 8 Plus - $599
  • iPhone 8 - $499
  • iPhone 7 Plus - $469
  • iPhone 7 - $399
Will Apple keep these three iPhones? Or will it axe some later this year?

Will Apple keep these three iPhones? Or will it axe some later this year?

Naturally, Apple could choose to axe certain devices. For example, the iPhone 7 duo could be scrapped entirely in order to maintain higher revenue figures. Similarly, production of the iPhone XS series may cease in order to push sales of the newer iPhone XI models, although keeping them could spark the interest of consumers looking for Apple’s sleekest design but without the latest tech and higher price tag.

Another thing worth noting is that the final retail prices for each model could change. For example, the iPhone XR2 could be priced at $749 like the current-gen model rather than the slight increase up to $799 that we are predicting.

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13 Comments

1. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1088; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Extremely unlikely, that's all I'll say.

10. monkeyb

Posts: 362; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Actually, the heading of the article is the most likely scenario. Why will Apple spend money to make a device such as iPhone XE which could eat into their profit margins quite a bit. I cannot see Tim Doing it. What I can see is Tim recycling the iPhone 8 with slightly upgraded internals and selling it for the same price as the iPhone 8 Currently. I mean this would essentially make it iPhone 6SSSS. The profit margin would be crazy. Gone are the days of Steve where he wanted Apple to be its own competitor (Their own products cannibalizing their own sales). Tim's only goal (Unfortunately his Job) is to maximize profits and I am yet to see him introduce a product that will eat into the sales of another Apple product.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3758; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Must have a lot of parts laying around to continue to propagate a 2014 design.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 599; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

If the 8S does materialize, no way Apple keeps the old 7 and 8 series around. I also doubt that the XE will happen if there is an 8S.

5. libra89

Posts: 2141; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I agree. I can see them doing this to get people who are still on 8 or that they keep choosing the 8 series. One of my friends just upgraded his 6s to a 8 a few weeks ago. I'm thinking the reason is because of the button and mainly price. All of these Face ID phones are still really expensive. I wouldn't pay full price for the XR and I owned one.

4. ryphonear

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2019

The iPhone XE and 8S would seem redundant: one (the 8S) is slightly larger but has a smaller screen and older design, while the other (the XE) is smaller but has (seemingly) almost the same size screen and a mostly newer design. I can't see the point of having both devices. Why not make the 8S full screen with a notch and FaceID, in which case it could be a smaller/cheaper XS, essentially (I think that size would be small enough to please most small phone users) or skip the 8S entirely (given the very old looking design) and make only the XE, which would capture the same sized screen in the exact smaller package that small phone users want? As an iPhone SE user, I'm excited about the possibility of new, high-powered small phones (especially with current chips and cameras), since my preference for small is all about comfort and weight and not cheapness, but the possible existence of two small iPhones with such similar prices/packages is confusing, and March 2020 is a long way off.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 765; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

"thus making it the first iPhone to launch with thick bezels and a physical home button since 2017." 4.7 screen, think bezels and a physical button? Three strikes and you're out.

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 6118; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This report makes absolutely no sense...

8. Valdomero

Posts: 591; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Very unlikely, either they'l launch the 8s or the XE, not both. why? because there's no reason to launch a "cheap" version of the old design, it's Apple who we are talking about, they're more likely to launch a revised smaller XR and call it the XE than launching an old design with current internals. Also they want users to have Face ID over Touch ID so what's the point of having an old design revised?

9. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1128; Member since: May 01, 2017

If Apple is planning to release a 8S and XE, then I can see them removing the 7 and the 8 completely. I do plan on going back to the Apple world after using the S9+ and the Pixel the last year so I would most likely pick up a 8s or XE

11. geordie8t1

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

the iphone SE2 will not be a screen overhaul, it will be another recycled product such is the apple way now, it will probably have an a12 chip, bigger base storage, perhaps a true tone screen and not much else, sell it for around £400 a pop, iphone 8s would be a budget successor to the iphone 8 then you have the XR and XS models, a device for most userrs needs, budget, small, medium, large, and super premium priced, =5 models

12. Valdomero

Posts: 591; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Please don't say "budget" when you're referring to Apple, these are not cheap devices, they were not meant to be cheap (at least on pricing).

13. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Out of ideas?

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