The three-camera setup supposedly won't be available on the regular, 5.8-inch iPhone 11, which would also be a major differentiator unlike last year's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max where the hardware was practically the same.
"We believe 2019 iPhone models are unlikely to involve significant upgrades" beyond those mentioned above, JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee wrote Friday, citing "feedback" from Apple suppliers. The high-end iPhone model will feature a triple-camera setup at the rear.
The report adds that the cheapest model will stick with an LCD screen, while the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will of course use OLED, just like the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
We haven't seen a treble-camera phone from Apple yet either, so the upcoming model will be its first.
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Soon after the newspaper's report was published, expert concept render artist Ben Geskin posted mock-ups of the three handsets, based on 2018 iPhones.
Apple doesn't do big tech conferences like CES and MWC, so we're not expecting megaleaks about their new stuff as much as we are all the other brands.
By then, the OLED supply-chain would have likely matured enough that Apple's requirements will be fulfilled. "They weren't impacted in the past, but 5G is going to be much easier to market". The smartphones could be revealed by Apple in September, when it regularly shows off its latest new models. "But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they'll be impacted".
Apple oracle Ming Chi-Kuo is the latest to offer up some premature predictions about what we can expect from the devices.
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