JP Morgan analysts believe that Apple will launch not three but four iPhone 12 models in 2020 with 5G. The analysts believe that Apple will launch two iPhones with screen sizes of 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch, while the other two models will feature a 6.1-inch display. These four new iPhones will be in addition to the iPhone SE 2 that Apple reportedly plans on launching in Q1 next year.
As per the note shared with investors, Apple will pair the smartphones in two different tiers. One pair will comprise of the 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone, while the other pair will consist of the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone. The former pair will be the higher end ‘pro’ models featuring a 3D sensor, while the latter pair will carry a lower price tag and miss out on the sensor. It will also only feature a dual-camera system.
Interestingly, the analysts claim that the higher-priced pro variants will feature support for mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. The cheaper pair will only support sub-6GHz 5G which offers notably slower speeds than mmWave. However, mmWave is not good at penetrating walls and other objects. It is also only being used by U.S. carriers, with operators in other parts of the world working on deploying 5G on the sub-6GHz channel.
The claim from JPMorgan analysts contradicts previous rumors of the 2020 iPhones which claim the launch of three new iPhones with new screen sizes. All of them will feature 5G and a new 3D sensor at the rear for advanced AR features.
Going by JP Morgan analysts, Apple will end up launching 5 different iPhones in 2020. That’s a bit much for a company that’s known to keep its lineup simple. What’s possible is that Apple will end up launching two different variants of the 2020 iPhones with support for sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies.
Do you think Apple could launch four new iPhone 12 models in 2020? Or would that be a bit of an overkill?