Apple could be releasing four separate iPhone models in 2020, says a recent prediction from an Apple analyst.
Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup may still be more than a year away, but recent predictions from J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee (via 9to5Mac) suggest that the Cupertino company could have a successful product release next year with four separate iPhone models, including a lower-end version with less impressive specifications but a more budget-friendly price tag.
“Our positive volume outlook for 2020 is driven by our current expectation for the launch of four iPhone models … and more significant spec upgrades,” wrote Chatterjee.
Three of the new iPhone models are said to feature OLED displays and 5G modems:
Our expectations include all three Sep-2020 iPhones (5.4?/6.1?/6.7? screen sizes) will adopt OLED displays and 5G baseband modems (with support for mmWave frequencies), and at least two of the three models adopting world facing 3D Sensing (Time of Flight) driving industry leading AR/VR capabilities which can be leveraged by custom built applications (including games).
As for the fourth iPhone model, Chatterjee suggests it could be priced even lower than the iPhone XR. To achieve its low price tag, Apple will likely skip out on both a 5G modem and an OLED display:
Right now Apple has two OLED iPhones in its lineup in the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD. Adding a 5.4-inch iPhone would give small phone fans a viable option, while the 6.7-inch iPhone for 2020 would be the largest yet from Apple and make it more competitive with some of the biggest phones on the market.
While other 5G phones are already on the market, such as the Galaxy S10 5G, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R are all expected to ship with 4G modems. Now that Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent dispute, Apple is reportedly partnering with Qualcomm and Samsung for 5G connectivity in its 2020 iPhones.