Analysts bullish that 5G and budget iPhones will give Apple very strong 2020

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Check out the latest iPhone SE 2 pre-announcement render
Analysts from several market-analysis firms say the iPhone SE 2 will help propel the company to a strong year.
Render: OnLeaks/iGeeksBlog

Apple’s share price is more than double what it was this time last year. Cult of Mac asked prominent market-analysis firms to explain this meteoric rise. Several of them listed not just the upcoming debut of the 5G iPhone for investor optimism, but also the imminent launch of a budget model.

iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

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Check out the latest iPhone SE 2 pre-announcement render
The iPhone SE 2 will resemble the iPhone 8, but not be identical.
Render: OnLeaks/iGeeksBlog

The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass.

Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about two months.

‘iPhone SE 2’ could get bigger and better sibling in 2020

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Two new iPhone SE models for 2020?
Photo: Sam Mills/Cult of Mac

It’s no surprise Apple is working on a new iPhone SE for 2020. Recent rumors have indicated it will make its debut in the spring. But that particular model might be just one of two planned for this year.

A new report claims Apple is also working on a larger, “upgraded” version that will be available later in the year.

iPad Pro with 3D scanner likely to launch in first half of 2020

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iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard
This is actually the iPad Pro, but by looking at this you already know what the Huawei MatePad Pro looks like.
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iPad Pro fans hoping for new models before the end of 2019 are likely out of luck.

Today’s launch of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro (and slight delay of the Mac Pro launch) are likely to be the last major Apple hardware announcements this year, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The often-reliable Apple analyst told investors today that new iPad Pros won’t come out until the first half of 2020 — but new features might make the wait worth it.

Innovative antenna might make next year’s cheap iPhone faster

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The inexpensive iPhone on Apple’s docket will supposedly look like an iPhone 8 on the outside.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The sub-$400 iPhone supposedly coming the first quarter of next year will have improved wireless performance thanks to a liquid crystal polymer antenna, according to the well-respected analyst who’s the source of many details about this unannounced handset.

It’s often called the “iPhone SE 2” but allegedly won‘t have much in common with that earlier model aside from an affordable price tag.