Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects big boost to iPhone sales in 2020

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Apple bumps OLED screen orders to meet strong iPhone demand
Is it any wonder people are keen to upgrade?
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Critics dismissed the iPhone 11 as boring ahead of its release. But, according to renowned Apple analyst TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, the much-praised handsets could give Apple a nice sales boost to start 2020.

Kuo is expecting big things from the much-anticipated iPhone SE 2 as well.

Larger iPhone SE 2 could arrive in early 2020 with A13 Bionic

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iPhone 8
iPhone SE 2 will look very familiar.
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Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will arrive during the first quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities reaffirms the device will be larger this time around — adopting the iPhone 8’s design. He also claims it will be powered by Apple’s blazing-fast A13 Bionic chip.

2020 iPad Pro could pack brand-new display technology

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2018 iPad Pro display
Mini-LED screens could make iPad Pro even greater.
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You might want to think twice about upgrading your iPad Pro this year. A new report claims Apple could deliver a more significant refresh with brand-new display technology as early as 2020.

The same technology, which is expected to use approximately 10,000 tiny LEDs, could also appear in a new MacBook around the same time, according to one reliable analyst.

Pricier iPhone 11 Pro models outsell cheaper iPhone 11

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iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro
Despite starting at $300 more than the more basic iPhone 11, Apple’s Pro series is selling well.
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Combined sales of the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are higher than for the more affordable non-Pro version, according to a reliable analyst.

The top-tier models are reportedly selling better than their replacements did at the same time last year.

iPhone 11 might lack two hotly anticipated features

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The 2019 iPhone could have a much larger camera bump than any predecessor.
This render of the iPhone 11 from months ago seems like it’s going to turn out very accurate.
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On the eve of Apple’s “By Innovation Only” press event, a highly respected analyst just threw cold water on reports that the iPhone 11 will have a pair of exciting features borrowed from competing handsets.

Ming-Chi Kuo says the next iOS devices will have neither reverse wireless charging nor Apple Pencil support.

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.

16-inch MacBook Pro might be first to get new scissor keyboard

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The keyboard in the newest MacBooks have the same problem as earlier ones.
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One of the worst problems with the MacBook Pro and other Apple notebooks is finally going to get fixed this year.

Apple reportedly will move away from its controversial butterfly keyboard in favor of a more reliable design. And according to the best Apple analyst in the game, the new keyboard will come to the 16-inch MacBook Pro first.

Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

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MacBook butterfly keyboard
The butterfly keyboard design hasn't been one of Apple's most popular innovations.
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Many fans hated the controversial butterfly switch keyboard that Apple introduced in 2015. While it’s since worked to improve it, the MacBook keyboards’ low-travel design has caused plenty of handwringing among the Mac faithful.

They might not be around for too much longer, however. According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to replace them with a whole new keyboard switch mechanism. This will debut with the 2019 MacBook Air.