Apple 2020 iPhone Outlook: Camera Upgrade, 5G Access for First Time

It’s still a few months away from the launch of the iPhone in September 2020, but there are already many rumors about the upcoming iPhone. If Apple follows the 2019 iPhone naming scheme, we expect the 2020 iPhone to be named the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple 2020 iPhone Outlook: Camera Upgrade, 5G Access for First Time

The iPhone will undergo a major update in 2020, bringing in some of the design-level changes we’ve seen for the first time since the iPhone X launch in 2017. We expect the new iPhone to come in three types of screen sizes: 5.4 inches, 6.7 inches and 6.1 inches.

Rumor has it that the 6.7-inch iPhone and one of the 6.1-inch iPhones will be high-end OLED devices with three-lens cameras, while the 5.4-inch and another 6.1-inch iPhone will be a low-end OLED device with a dual-lens camera, so the price will be more affordable. By 2020, all iPhones are expected to have OLED displays, whether they are priced high or low.

The 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is rumoured to be Apple’s smallest since the 4.7-inch iPhone 8. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro will be Apple’s biggest iPhone to date.

Design, there are rumors that at least one new iPhone will feature a metal frame similar to the iPhone 4 for major design innovations. The iPhone 4 has a unique, flat stainless steel frame that can be replicated on the new iPhone. There may also be a new TrueDepth camera system that reduces the size of the grooves in front. There are also rumors that there is a 3D three-lens rear camera system that can use lasers to calculate depth information about objects in the room, improving the ability to photograph and augmented reality.

2020 will be Apple’s first year of introducing 5G support in the iPhone, which will allow new devices to connect to 5G networks much faster than 4G LTE networks.

Predict edding product name

Since the release of the iPhone 8 with the iPhone X in 2017, Apple’s iPhone naming program has been confusing because it skips the iPhone 9 directly. In 2018, Apple will continue to use the confusing naming scheme, selecting the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. But in 2019, with the launch of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, things will become clearer.

Apple’s previous product was a digital growth and then went through an “S” year. But since we’re predicting a huge change in 2020, we think it’s unlikely that the iPhone 11S, or similar name, will be named, and we’re more likely to see an iPhone 12.

If the iPhone 11’s low-end successor is named the iPhone 12 (as we predict), the two high-end devices we can expect in 2020 will be the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Of course, we’re not sure that the devices will be called the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max until the new device is released, but that guess is the most accurate at the moment.

Design

The new iPhone in 2020 will feature a completely innovative design with a metal frame similar to the iPhone 4’s.

The new iPhone will feature more complex segmentation designs, as well as new trenching and injection molding processes, said Apple analyst Guo Mingyu.

However, the overall design of the new iPhone will be similar to the iPhone 4, which is a stainless steel frame with a square edge between the two pieces of glass. The new iPhone will replace the current round stainless steel frame with this square stainless steel frame, and the body will continue to use the front and rear glass design.

Metal slotting and injection molding within the framework are said to be intended to reduce the negative impact of metal shielding on the efficiency of high-frequency transmission of internal antennas. Guo believes Apple will use sapphire or tempered glass to protect grooves on the frame. According to another rumor, there may be a slightly wider antenna, although this has not been supported by reliable sources.

Size model

There are rumours that Apple will launch four iPhones in three different sizes, but those sizes are said to change by 2020.

So far, there have been rumors that we’ll see a 5.4-inch iPhone, a 6.7-inch iPhone and two 6.1-inch iPhones. The 5.4-inch iPhone will be smaller than the current iPhone 11 Pro, while the 6.7-inch new iPhone will be larger than the current iPhone 11 Pro Max.

A 6.1-inch iPhone and a 6.7-inch iPhone will be a high-end iPhone model, while the other 6.1-inch iPhone and 5.4-inch iPhone will be the successor to the lower end and iPhone 11. The high-end iPhone will be equipped with an updated three-lens camera system, while the low-end iPhone will be equipped with a dual-lens camera system.

Display

While Apple is expected to continue offering two high-end (and more expensive) iPhones and a low-end (and cheaper) iPhone by 2020, all devices are likely to be equipped with OLED displays this year, and Apple will no longer have LCD displays for the iPhone family.

Apple uses OLED technology throughout the iPhone product line, which will bring “more flexible phone design.” Apple is testing the OLED display of the Chinese company BOE Display, which makes LCD displays for Apple’s iPad and MacBook. Apple used Samsung’s OLED display in its most recent OLED phones and is expected to continue to use them.

The new iPhone, which is expected to be launched in 2020, will use Samsung’s Y-OCTA technology, which allows touch-screen circuits to be charted directly on OLED panels without the need for a single layer, resulting in thinner displays and lower production costs, though it is unclear whether this translates into a thinner body design.

The future iPhone is likely to use the Apple Watch’s low-power LTPO display technology. Low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) is an oxide TFT structure that consumes 15% less power than the low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) currently used by Apple. It is not entirely clear whether Apple will adopt the technology on the iPhone 12 or future iPhones.

Adaptive refresh rate technology

Rumours from the famous Samsung leaker Ice Universal on Twitter suggest that the 2020 iPhone could have a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate. Apple already uses adaptive refresh rate technology in the iPad Pro, so it’s not hard to imagine the technology being rolled out to the iPhone in the future.

However, the iPad Pro uses an LCD display, rather than the iPhone’s flagship, an OLED display.

A14 chip

TSMC is rumoured to be producing a 5nm chip used by Apple in the 2020 iPhone series. The 5nm process will produce smaller, faster and more power-saving chips due to improved thermal management technology.

TSMC will begin producing A14 processors for the 2020 iPhone in the second quarter of this year.

Ram

Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis reckons the iPhone 12 Pro model will use 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 12 will use 4GB of RAM.

Battery

The iPhone, released in 2020, may have a small boost in battery capacity, as Apple suppliers are developing a custom battery protection module that is 50 percent smaller and thinner than previous iPhones. This could give the iPhone more valuable space.

Rear camera

Apple has made major changes to its rear-facing camera system in its 2019 iPhone product line, adding three-lens settings for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, with more camera improvements likely in 2020.

Apple is rumoured to be adding a laser flight time 3D rear camera to the iPhone 12 Pro, which will bring a significant improvement to the augmented reality experience.

The Time of Flight (ToF) camera system uses a laser to calculate the time it takes for the laser to bounce off objects in the room, using this data to create accurate 3D images of the surrounding area. This allows for more accurate perception of depth, better placement of virtual objects, and better capture depth of photos.

The camera is said to be able to scan areas 15 feet from the device. Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera uses similar 3D technology, but because it’s infrared, not laser-driven, it can only work at a distance of 25 to 50 centimeters.

Sony is likely to be a supplier to Apple’s new system, and there are rumors that Apple has been in talks with Sony about testing sensors. Apple’s production partners are also preparing VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Emission Laser) components for use in camera settings.

So far, there have been rumors that two high-end iPhones coming out in 2020 will feature new flight-time rear-end cameras, so they may not be available on lower-end iPhones at lower prices.

The high-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones are rumoured to have access to sensor-displacement image stabilization in 2020, which could lead to improved image stability for ultra-wide-angle lenses on these devices.

Sensor displacement technology allows optical image stability to be applied to the camera sensor instead of a single lens.

TrueDepth Camera System

Apple analyst Guo Mingyu believes that by 2020, at least one new iPhone will use a smaller front-facing camera lens to improve the screen-to-border ratio, eventually making the front groove smaller.

In 2020, Apple will introduce at least a new iPhone with no front grooves or Face ID, and replace it with an off-screen fingerprint sensor, but the technology could take years, according to an analyst at Credit Suisse.

Apple supplier AMS has announced a new camera sensor technology that allows RBG light and infrared proximity sensors for front-facing TrueDepth camera systems to be embedded under the OLED display. Apple may plan to introduce new sensor technology to the 2020 iPhone, which will allow it to build an iPhone with a smaller Face ID groove.

Touch ID?

Taiwan’s Economic Daily says at least one iPhone, which will go on sale in 2020, will use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, though that claim has not been confirmed by other rumors.

We’ve heard rumors about ultrasonic fingerprint sensors before, but most of them suggest Apple is set to release the technology by 2021. Qualcomm has a 30x20mm smartphone fingerprint sensor by the end of 2019, an advantage Apple can take advantage of.

Barclays analysts also hinted that the new iPhone could use audio fingerprint technology, and the Global Times suggested that Apple would launch a groove-free phone with an off-screen fingerprint sensor for the Chinese market.

Apple is developing an iPhone with both Face ID and off-screen fingerprint sensors, which will be available in 2021 rather than 2020, Mr. Guo said. His prediction is based on Apple’s patent on fingerprint display technology and the fact that Android smartphones will continue to use the feature.

According to a 2019 Bloomberg report, future iPhones will include Face ID and off-screen fingerprint sensors. The technology could be available as soon as 2020, but it may not be ready until 2021.

5G connection

In 2020, Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s 5G technology on the iPhone and reuse the Qualcomm modem chip instead of the Intel chip. Qualcomm and Apple had been embroiled in a bitter legal battle, but successfully resolved their differences in April 2019.

Mr Guo said 5G technology was expected to be used on all iPhones. All four iPhones will use Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem chip.

The X55 chip offers a peak download speed of 7Gb/s and 3Gb/s upload speed, although these numbers are theoretical maximums and the actual speed will depend on the carrier network. The chip is Qualcomm’s first 5G chip to support all major bands, operating modes, and network deployments.

5G technology is still in its early stages, but by the time Apple releases its new iPhone, major U.S. carriers will have laid the groundwork for internet connectivity in most areas.

Apple and Qualcomm are working together to integrate Qualcomm’s 5G technology into the iPhone as soon as possible, and both companies are lagging behind in the market competition after their dispute was resolved in April 2019. Apple usually determines the final version of the modem hardware 18 months before the new iPhone is released.

Due to time constraints, Apple may plan to use Qualcomm’s modems, but not Qualcomm’s RF front-end components, which may affect the maximum wireless speed, but we need to see how Apple’s implementation can be determined.

Release date

Apple is expected to release new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models (tentatively named) in September 2020.

What will happen in the future?

The ultimate goal, Apple’s designers said, is to remove most of the external connectors and buttons on the iPhone to create a simple, streamlined device. If wireless charging technology is improved, Apple could also cancel wired charging, and there are rumors that it will release an iPhone without a Lightning interface in 2021.

Mr Kwok said the top-end iPhone models, launched in 2021, would offer a “full wireless experience” and charge them possibly through Qi-based wireless charging accessories.

More curiously, Apple is said to be working with LG Display to develop an iPhone with a foldable display and will start producing the foldable iPhone panel in 2020. Apple is also said to be developing touchless gesture control and curved screens, which are expected to be available within three years.

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