Recent reports from publications like Bloomberg are giving a preview of the iPhone models we might expect from Apple this year, and it looks like there's something for everyone. That's because Bloomberg's report indicates that Apple will introduce a low-cost model as early as March that will follow the 4.7-inch form factor of the current iPhone 8

One implication is that Apple might be preparing a lower-priced model ahead of its plan to roll out pricier models this fall that include 5G. That may help it win over more price-conscious users who have leaned toward less expensive Android options like the Google Pixel 3a. That will be important if the company is going to reach its goal of shipping 200 million iPhones in 2020.

Low-Cost Model

According to Bloomberg, the new device, which could be named the iPhone 9, will include Touch ID instead of Face ID, but will include the A13 processor found in the current iPhone 11 models. This would essentially make it an upgraded iPhone 8 both in form and specs, but with a much faster processor. While the pricing of this device hasn't been revealed, Apple currently sells the iPhone 8 for $449 and previously sold the iPhone SE for $399. 

Redesigned Flagship Models

Many of the rumors surrounding Apple's fall announcement anticipate a revamped design that is likely to resemble the boxier iPhone 5. That would solve one of the primary complaints about the iPhone, which is that the design has grown tired, especially compared with flagship models from other manufacturers like Samsung. 

The current flagship models, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, are all expected to get the new body design, adding an additional level of distinction between the high-end and low-cost models. Known as the iPhone 12, we'll likely see these in September when Apple traditionally launches new iPhones.

5G 

Apple is almost never the first to adopt new technologies, instead, waiting for them to mature before adding them to their devices. Despite the fact that most people aren't using 5G smartphones yet, that's likely to change when ultra-fast wireless finally comes in the form of a 5G iPhone. In fact, analysts expect it could kick off a $100 billion upgrade cycle. 

J.P. Morgan expects Apple to introduce four phones this fall, all with 5G connectivity. That lines up with what many other analysts expect and could mean that the low-cost version introduced this spring will be in line for an upgrade with 5G alongside the iPhone 12 models.

3-D Cameras

The flagship models are also expected to include time-of-flight cameras that are used for creating 3-D models of objects or space. They work by calculating how long it takes a laser to reach an object and return, and using that information to construct a 3-D representation. The benefit of adding this to an iPhone is that it offers advances in augmented reality, gaming, and even better portrait-mode photographs. 

USB-C

Apple has kept the lightning port on the iPhone, despite the fact that most other devices have moved to USB-C. The recent move by the European Union to force manufacturers to standardize mobile phone charging with USB-C could be the final straw. Apple has protested that it would cause waste to force it to ditch the lightning connector. That's true considering the massive number of accessories that are circulating, but the reality is that it seems inevitable that iPhone will get USB-C sooner rather than later.

5 New Models 

All told, it's expected that Apple will likely introduce three new high-end models, the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, each with 5G. Those three would exist along with two low-cost versions, the iPhone 9--which should arrive this spring--and iPhone 9 5G (or some other name to distinguish the two) coming this fall. 

Published on: Jan 24, 2020
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