2020 iPhones to Feature Smaller and Larger OLED Displays, 5G Support: Kuo

An Apple analyst predicts the Cupertino company will again produce three iPhones in 2020, with the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models featuring 5G, and the 6.1-inch model sticking with LTE.

In a research note shared with AnTuTu (via MacRumors), famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities revealed new details about the prospective 2020 smartphone lineup from Apple, reinforcing claims of three devices with distinct screen sizes while suggesting that 5G support will differentiate the lower- and higher-end models.

According to the research not, Apple will indeed release three models much like last year’s iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, though all three will have OLED screens, doing away with the “Liquid Retina” LCD screen currently found on the iPhone XR and expected to be used in this year’s follow-up.

The more affordable 2020 model will have a 6.1-inch display but will only feature LTE support, leaving it a generation behind the higher-end iPhone models until 2021, when its follow-up receives the 5G treatment as well.

The 2020 iPhone XS- and XS Max-like devices, by comparison, are said to feature 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch OLED screens, respectively, while both will receive 5G support supplied by both Qualcomm and Samsung. RF power amplifiers, Kuo says, will be supplied by Broadcom, expanding on the latter’s current power adapter supply arrangement with Apple.

By 2022 or 2023, though, Apple should have its own 5G modem ready, which would reduce its reliance on Qualcomm (with which Apple recently reached a major settlement agreement).

Kuo also expects that iPhone sales will grow from between 188 million and 192 million in 2019 to between 195 million to 200 million by 2020 with the introduction of 5G. Between 70 million and 75 million of those sales in 2020 are predicted to be in the second half of 2020, following the iPhone 5G release.