Analysts think this year’s iPhones are going to be boring

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Are you excited about the 2019 iPhones? Fun-squashing analysts at Mizuho Securities think you’re getting your hopes up a bit too much.

According to the firm, this year’s iPhone refresh will “lack novelty.” Apart from more sophisticated cameras, they’re not expecting much in the way of improvements. And even the cameras are something we’ve already seen from Apple rivals.

Mizuho backs up other reports we’ve heard about the 2019 iPhones. That suggests that we’ll get two new OLED handsets and an LCD version. These will be the same in screen size and appearance as the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. The only difference in look may be “potentially slightly more narrow bezels.” It is also likely that Force Touch will disappear from the XS and XS Max refresh.

Only minor changes

Internally, the processor is likely to have “only minor changes” from its predecessor. There will additionally be no 5G compatibility.

Nor will there be rear-facing 3D sensing tech. This is the result of challenges with “production capacity, costs, and energy-saving ability.” In fact, Mizuho thinks an improved rear camera will be the “only major change.”

This is likely to be a dual-camera setup for the lower-end LCD handset, and triple cameras for the OLED models. While the firm is excited about these features, it notes that companies such as Huawei and Samsung have already launched similar cameras.

Ultimately, Mizuho thinks that the lack of innovation will do nothing to slow declining interest in the iPhone. “We think the iPhone will struggle for two straight years, which would be a rare occurrence for the company,” the firm notes.

While I’m not sure that I’d say that rave reviews and handsets which are generally the top-selling in their category is “struggling,” 2018 and 2019 have definitely been a bit tougher for the iPhone. There’s been a decline in interest, not helped by the higher-than-ever price. Fortunately, Apple has made up for declining iPhone sales in other ways — such as its focus on Services.

Via: Apple Insider