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Here’s Everything We Know About The 2019 iPhone


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While just announced the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr, rumors for the 2019 iPhone are already surfacing. While the information has yet to be confirmed, it seems Apple’s 2019 flagships could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features. Here’s everything we know about the device so far.

Design

While 2018 saw the rise of the notch, 2019 may see a different sort of screen rise — the punch-hole display, as evidenced by the Honor View 20 and the Samsung Galaxy A8s. While a patent filed in June 2018 suggested Apple would be chasing that same trend in 2019’s iPhone, noted leaker Ice Universe claims 2019’s iPhone will still rock a notch — and the earliest we can expect to see an iPhone with a holed display is 2020.

Another patent from Apple relates to manufacturing ceramic iPhone bodies in a variety of colors — which could alter the way future iPhones look. The patent shows a device with colored bars on its back — specifically on the top and bottom. It’s also possible the Apple logo could be a different color to the rest of the iPhone.

No more 3D Touch

Each year when Apple announces its newest batch of iPhones we expect to see new hardware and features. But every once in a while, the tech giant takes an underperforming feature away. And it looks like 3D Touch could go away in 2019.

Earlier in 2018, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expected Apple to drop 3D Touch as soon as 2019. In August, a Barclays analyst said he expects Apple to remove the feature in the near future. When Apple announced the 2018 iPhone lineup in September, the iPhone Xr was the first phone in a number of years that shipped without 3D Touch. While Apple may continue to omit the feature from its entry-level phones, we expect the may just do away with the feature altogether in 2019.

Camera

In May, it was reported that the flagship 2019 iPhone was set to include three camera lenses. Taiwanese publication Economic News Daily claimed each of the three cameras could boast 12 megapixels — which could mean additional camera features such as increased detail or greater zoom mode.

Economic Daily News also reports the upcoming phones will feature more advanced technology on the rear cameras that what’s currently being used on the TrueDepth front-facing cameras.

The new lenses will use stereoscopic imaging to capture objects and scenes from multiple angles, and triangulate multiple perspectives into 3D images.

This seems to be very similar to an earlier rumor from Deutsche Securities analyst Lu Jialin, who believes Apple will incorporate two stereo-vision lenses and a telephoto lens into its three-lens camera. That way, the cameras will be able to understand 3D space in a manner similar to the iPhone X’s TrueDepth front camera — which in turn means there could also be new augmented reality features as well.

It’s clear Apple is continuing to work on its ARKit, having introduced ARKit 2.0 as part of iOS 12 at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The new version delivers improved face tracking, support for 3D object detection and realistic rendering. Users can also play AR games against other users in the same virtual environment with multi-user augmented reality. With a three-lens camera, it will be interesting to see what features Apple will release for future versions of ARKit.

Display

While Apple was a little late to incorporate OLED display into its hardware, it looks like the company is embracing the technology on its most expensive phones. Currently, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport OLED screens while the iPhone Xr sports Apple’s proprietary Liquid Retina LCD. So should we expect more of the same for 2019?

In a report by South Korean news source ETNews, anonymous Apple officials stated the company has started planning its 2019 iPhone models and have chosen OLED screens for “all three models.” Of course, after Apple announced its Liquid Retina LCD technology in 2018, we believe its unlikely that Apple will abandon the technology so quickly.

Of course, not all rumors suggest the same. More recently, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, suggested that there will still be LCD models in 2019 and that they will probably outsell OLED models. These will likely be the more inexpensive iPhone models that adopt the shape and design of the iPhone X, but with an LCD screen.

Updated on December 28, 2018: 2019’s iPhone may still rock a notch.









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