2020 iPhone design could take notes from the classic iPhone 4 look

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Next year's iPhone could resemble the classic iPhone 4.
Do you have fond memories of the iPhone 4?
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Apple could go back to one of its most beloved iPhone designs with next year’s iPhone refresh. According to a new report from seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s 2020 iPhone redesign will resemble the iPhone 4.

If true, that would make an already exciting upgrade even more of a must-have!

As I wrote in a previous article ranking every iPhone model, the 2010-era iPhone 4 was one of my all-time favorite designs. (Improved only by the iPhone 5, which added a slightly larger display.) It introduced a new flatter, Braun-inspired aesthetic with a boxier, squared-off design.

That’s something Apple has moved away from with the curved edges of newer iPhones. Apple first introduced the curved iPhone edges with 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. More recently, it reintroduced squared-off edges with the 2018 iPad Pro.

In his latest research note, Kuo writes that:

“We predict that the new 2H20 iPhone design will change significantly […] The metal frame and the front and rear 2/2.5D glass are still used, but the metal frame surface will be changed to a similar design to the iPhone 4, replacing the current surface design.”

A return to the iPhone 4 design?

The current iPhone X design has now hung around for three new iPhone iterations. Apple typically does a major design every 2-3 years, making a big iPhone refresh likely for 2020.

In addition to the new design, Apple will supposedly opt for OLED displays with every model. There will also be 5G capabilities for the first time, and a new processor created with TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology.

Would you be happy to see the design language of the iPhone 4 make a return? What was your all-time favorite iPhone design? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MacRumors