Kuo: 2020 iPhones Chassis Design Will Look Similar to iPhone 4

iPhone 11 Pro

The 2020 iPhones are shaping up to be a major hardware refresh from Apple. As per Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will adopt a new metal frame structure for the 2020 iPhones that will be similar to the iPhone 4.

Kuo expects Apple to significantly refresh the iPhone design next year with a new metal frame featuring a “more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection molding structure.” The new metal chassis will allow for improved network reception which would be a welcome addition since the 2020 iPhones are also expected to feature 5G.

This will make the chassis of the 2020 iPhones significantly more complex than the iPhone X/XS and iPhone 11 Pro series which features a stainless steel chassis. Due to the complexity involved, Kui expects the cost of the metal middle frame and the chassis to increase by 20-35 percent. The analyst also expects Apple to make use of a 2.5D curved cover glass on the 2020 iPhones and not give in to the trend of OLED displays that are curved on their edges like Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series.

Apart from a major chassis redesign, Apple is also expected to refresh the display size on its 2020 iPhones and switch them all to OLED displays. The smallest iPhone is expected to come with a 5.42-inch display while the other two models will have a 6.06-inch and 6.67-inch display, respectively. Alongside this major design change, Apple will also add 5G to its 2020 iPhones and source the modem from Qualcomm for this. While the company is working on its own modem, it won’t be ready before 2022 and Kuo believes Apple will first use it inside the Apple Watch and other devices before using it inside iPhones.

Our Take

All these changes make it clear that the 2020 iPhones are going to pack some major hardware changes. Despite the iPhone 11 Pro featuring some cosmetic changes, the design language of the device is the same as the iPhone X in 2017. By next year, it would kind of become a necessity for Apple to refresh the iPhone design language.

Are you looking forward to Apple reintroducing a design language similar to the iPhone 4? While that handset was plagued with network reception issues, its design was iconic for its time that has been copied by numerous other smartphones since.

[Via MacRumors]