Now that the 2018 iPhone lineup is out there in the wild, and the new iPad Pro arrives next week, attention is starting to shift to what comes next.
Analyst Expects Apple to Retain Three Sizes for 2019 iPhone Lineup, Predicts Strong iPhone XR Sales in China
This year, Apple introduced three iPhones with three different screen sizes, and while this is considered an “S” upgrade year, it sounds like Apple may not be planning any major design changes next year, at least as far as screen size goes.
Apple took its time in bringing major water and dust resistance to its smartphone lineup, long enough that when it finally did add the feature with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, it was welcomed with plenty of fanfare.
There have been multiple rumors of Apple looking to use TrueDepth sensing camera at the rear for its 2019 iPhones. However, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that this is unlikely to happen.
While facial recognition is a feature that most smartphone manufacturers are trying to adopt in some way or another, with Apple leading that particular charge with the TrueDepth Camera system and Face ID, fingerprint sensors embedded in displays is also a major focal point for some companies.
3D Touch is one of many features present in the iPhone lineup, but it might be one that might not be sticking around for too much longer, if rumors are any indicator.
After winning exclusive orders for Apple’s A12 chip for the 2018 iPhones, TSMC seems to have also won orders for the company’s A13 chips which will be used in 2019 iPhones and iPads. In fact, the report states that Apple plans to exclusively use TSMC as its supplier for at least the next two years.
Apple took a big leap in 2017 with the iPhone X. Although the company initially faced trouble with production, it managed to get things sorted within a few months. However, the demand for the iPhone X didn’t take off. It’s not clear if this was due to the presence of the cheaper iPhone 8 or lack of supply, but numbers tell us that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus did well than the iPhone X in the U.S.
Right now, the iPhone lineup boasts a dual camera setup on some of its models, that being the top-of-the-line option for folks who want to fork over the extra cash.
A supply-chain rumor claims that Apple will be switching to USB-C ports on its 2019 iPhone lineup. The report from DigiTimes is based on “sources at analog IC vendors” which essentially means its tough to verify the claims made in the report.