Apple could add to the growing number of new iPhone models it introduces each year. According to an analyst at J.P. Morgan, Apple will introduce four new iPhones in 2020.
This will include three versions boasting OLED screens and 5G modems, plus one lower cost “value” model.
Analyst Samik Chatterjee writes that:
“Our expectations include all three Sep-2020 iPhones (5.4″/6.1″/6.7″ screen sizes) will adopt OLED displays and 5G baseband modems (with support for mmWave frequencies), and at least two of the three models adopting world facing 3D Sensing (Time of Flight) driving industry leading AR/VR capabilities which can be leveraged by custom built applications (including games).”
According to Chatterjee, the 3D-sensing capabilities in the current iPhones’ front camera will extend to the rear camera as well. This would help with the augmented (and virtual reality?) capabilities described in the report.
The lower cost iPhone will reportedly be the same size as the iPhone 8, and won’t feature OLED or 5G capabilities. So much for the iPhone SE-sized upgrade some of us have been dreaming of then…
More iPhones than ever
Four new iPhones would be the most Apple has ever released in a single year. Until 2013, Apple introduced just one new model every 12 months. Since then, the number has increased to two and, currently, three models.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently echoed the report about 5G and OLED iPhones in 2020. However, Kuo suggested that Apple would only launch two 5G iPhones in 2020.
Getting ready for a sales boost
While it’s still a way off — and plenty can change in the mobile world in over a year — J.P. Morgan thinks this will prompt a boost in iPhone sales. In all, it thinks Apple will sell 195 million iPhones in 2020. That’s an increase on the estimated 180 million it will sell this year.
No, that’s not the kind of massive annual sales boost we saw a few years back, but it’s certainly not bad. Especially considering that Apple will surely keep cranking up the price of handsets in the meantime.