Though Apple has acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business to build its own baseband, the company will have to rely on Qualcomm modems for at least a couple of years. Kuo predicts the first iPhones featuring Apple’s own 5G modems won’t hit the store shelves until 2022 at the earliest. The Cupertino company would first introduce its modem with Apple Watch and other devices before adding it to iPhones.
The analyst believes that the premium models – the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch ones – would feature a Time-of-Flight 3D camera on the back to enhance the photography experience and support augmented reality. The 6.1-inch model would sport an OLED display and 5G, but it is said to be more affordable than the other two.
Bloomberg contributor Mark Gurman has predicted that the 2020 iPhones would feature both the Face ID technology and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Both authentication methods would work simultaneously and combine the data to further strengthen security. Gurman added that the feature could also be delayed to 2021.
Thanks to the design overhaul and exciting new features, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the 2020 iPhones would trigger a massive upgrade cycle. The iPhone 12 series would boost Apple’s new smartphone shipments to 85 million in 2020, up from the estimated 75 million new iPhones in 2019.