Veteran analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest note to investors about Apple supplier Luxshare’s predicted market share issued today includes a chart that shows Apple will continue to offer 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones, and a 6.1-inch LCD model in 2019, MacRumors is reporting.
Looking at the above chart, the next year’s lineup looks the same as the one used by Apple this year, which consists of the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS and XS Max and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR. Although rumours about the 2019 iPhones have been circulating for a while now, this is the first time details on the number of devices we can expect to see next year have emerged.
Given that 2018 is sort of an “S” upgrade year with no major changes to the iPhone X design introduced in 2017, there was a possibility that Apple could condense its iPhone lineup or introduce new screen sizes, but it looks like we may be sticking with the current lineup for at least another year.
Meanwhile, Kuo has also predicted that 2019 iPhones will have the same IP68-rated water resistance as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, both of which are water resistant up to a depth of two meters for up to 30 minutes. “The new iPhone waterproof specifications will remain unchanged next year,” said Kuo.
While IP68 is effectively the highest rating iPhones can achieve under the IP code standard, there is no limit on conditions like water depth and pressure.