According to South Korean news site ETNews, industry sources said Apple will expand the iPhone’s display size options by 2020, both to launch smaller models than the current model, but also to launch larger models. Apple will unveil a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.1-inch iPhone and a new iPhone with the largest screen, with a 6.7-inch display, the report said.
Apple’s iPhone models for 2019 include the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Max.
According to ETNews, Apple plans to buy 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch displays from Samsung that will use the same OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. LG will provide OLED panels for the new 6.1-inch iPhone, the report said.
Apple has yet to comment on the news.
Currently, the iPhone 11 uses the LCD panel. LCD is cheaper than OLED displays, but not as wide-ranging colors as OLED, such as bright white and dark black, making OLED photo and movie viewing more attractive to users.
ETNews said Apple could launch “more than four” new iPhones, noting that “one model will support 5G.” All of Apple’s flagship phones in 2020 will be equipped with faster 5G modems, said Guo Mingyu, an analyst at Tianfeng Securities.
While Apple is not expected to hold a product launch until September next year to launch most of the new 2020 iPhone models, Mr Guo said the company will launch a low-cost new iPhone for $399 in the first quarter of next year, which could be named the iPhone SE2. The model is expected to use the same form factor as the current iPhone 8, but will use the new chip in the iPhone 11 series. The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch display.