iPhone upgraders, put your money away. While Apple’s (surprisingly ugly) iPhone 11 offers some solid improvements, we know something much better is coming. And that news just got cranked up another notch.
Turning heads is acclaimed industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo. In a new report attained by MyDrivers, Kuo reveals Apple is redesigning its iPhones with the iPhone 11 being the last model to look like the iPhone X. And this is only half the story.
According to Kuo, Apple has developed a new front-facing camera lens which will allow it to shrink its TrueDepth camera array and, in turn, significantly reduce the size of the iPhone’s polarising notch. This will bring it in-line with rivals while still retaining its class-leading Face ID facial recognition system.
In addition to this, Kuo states that Apple will fit these iPhones we a completely new camera system made up of a seven-element lens system. By contrast, while moving to a triple lens array, the iPhone 11 is expected to retain a six-element lens for its primary camera just like the iPhone XS and iPhone X before it.
Kuo teases that both the notch and camera changes are just part of a wider redesign, but does not build on the detail her has already provided previously, such as their new screen sizes and the iPhone XR’s jump to OLED. JPMorgan recently backed this information and went a step further, stating that Apple will introduce 5G across all models while we know all 2019 iPhones will be limited to 4G.
Interestingly, Apple is laying the foundations for all these changes thanks to a new logic board that will debut inside the iPhone 11 and bring a welcome battery boost. But it is not until 2020 that its successor will take full advantage of it.
So, unless you want to be stuck with an iPhone sporting an old design and 4G in a rapidly moving 5G world, 2019 is not the year to upgrade your iPhone. And, even if the notch doesn’t bother you and you live in an area that’s unlikely to get 5G soon, remember: these shortcomings are going to hit its trade-in value down the line.
But more positively, given we know iPhones are going to take a seismic leap next year, would you really want to miss it?