2020 iPhones may pack 3D laser camera

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The camera bump is about to get bumpier in the iPhone XI.
The camera bump is about to get bumpier in the iPhone XI.
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The iPhone’s augmented reality capabilities are about to ramp up to an all-new level, thanks to camera sensors that can tell how far away objects are.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a new research note that Apple is readying cameras with time-of-flight sensors. Adding the new ToF sensors should give the iPhone better computer vision. They could help take better pics, too.

2020 iPhone could get blazing-fast display upgrade

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The first iPhone with ProMotion?
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The 2020 iPhone lineup could bring a huge display upgrade that will put it on par with iPad Pro in terms of refresh rate.

One leaker says Apple is “considering” 120Hz panels for next year’s handsets. It would be the first time its ProMotion technology has graced an OLED screen since its debut in 2017.

TSMC preps to make super-speedy CPUs for 2020 iPhone

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Expect great things from the Apple A14 processor.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin volume production of 5nm chips in the first half of 2020, according to the company’s chief financial officer.

The Taiwanese foundry manufactures all Apple’s processors. TSMC’s move to 5nm comes right on time to employ this cutting-edge process in the A14 CPUs for next year’s iPhone and iPad models.

This is what the 2020 iPhones might look like

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Concept of the 2020 iPhones based on early rumors.
Photo: Ben Geskin

The 2019 iPhone lineup hasn’t even been revealed yet but we might already know what next year’s iPhones will look like too.

Recent rumors have claimed that Apple will come out with new screen sizes for the 2020 iPhone lineup. The biggest iPhone will get a bit bigger while the smallest will get a little bit smaller. To see how that would look, Ben Geskin created a mockup of the upcoming devices, and they look fantastic.

Check out the size comparison with the current iPhones:

2020 iPhone XS Max will get bigger display

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Bigger and better for your eyes.
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Some iPhones might get even bigger in 2020.

Apple reportedly plans to release two phones with 5G in 2020, one of which will pack a 6.7-inch OLED screen, according to one of the most reliable Apple analysts.

Concept shows iPhone 11 without the massive camera bump

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The 2019 iPhone could have a much larger camera bump than any predecessor.
This is the iPhone 11 with megabump. What if it didn’t have one?
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For months, reports have indicated that this fall’s iPhone models will have three camera lenses in a single large hump, a design that’s drawn criticism. An artist created a concept design of what the device would look like without the hump.

Check it out:

Touch ID could make a comeback in 2020 iPhone

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The 2018 iPhone models aren't going to have an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Full-screen Touch ID might be a highlight of the 2020 iPhone.
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While Apple seems to be phasing out fingerprint scanners in favor of facial recognition, sources in the Asian iPhone supply chain reportedly claim that Touch ID will actually be back next year, and better than ever.

The 2020 iPhone will also supposedly be the first with 5G as well as a 3D rear-facing sensor.

2020 iPhone should get a boost from TSMC’s cutting-edge 5nm processors

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The Apple A12 Bionic processor is powerful but the the A13 is coming soon and the A14 is already on the horizon.
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The company that makes all Apple’s chips is nearly ready to make 5 nanometer processors, down from the 7nm ones it’s manufacturing now. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s innovation reportedly will bring notable performance gains to next year’s iPhone and iPad.

The 2021 models should get a boost as well. And it’s even possible these chips will appear in future Macs.

Apple likely paid $6 billion in Qualcomm settlement

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Qualcomm just got paid!
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Qualcomm probably didn’t get the full $7 billion payment it was hoping to score from Apple as a result of the two companies’ wide-ranging legal battle.

Full details of the settlement between Apple and Qualcomm weren’t revealed when the two sides announced their truce earlier this week. However, an UBS analyst used Qualcomm’s recent guidance to estimate how much Apple agreed to pay and it looks like both sides made some small compromises.