Apple's 2020 High-End iPhone with LiDAR Camera for Advanced AR Applications will also have more of an iPad Design to it & more
A new report this morning claims that Apple is preparing a redesign of its top-tier iPhones, borrowing cues from the latest iPads, as part of a major fall refresh that will see 5G added to as many as four new handset models and the release of two key new accessories, according to people familiar with the plans.
The new Bloomberg report further notes that "This year’s successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be joined by two lower-end models to replace the iPhone 11. At least the two high-end devices will have flat stainless steel edges instead of the current curved design as well as more sharply rounded corners like the iPad Pro introduced in 2018.
(Update 7:10 a.m. with this paragraph) In December 2019 Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple invents new iPhone Metal Support Structure to keep both Key Components and body Frame cooler to the Touch" While our report covered the details of a new iPhone metal support structure, we also noted that "analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stating that Apple's 2020 5G iPhones would introduce an updated frame and casing that will cost Apple significantly more to manufacture." is this what Bloomberg is hearing about now?
The Bloomberg report went on to state that "Reminiscent of the iPhone 5 design, the new handsets will have flat screens rather than the sloping edges on current models, said the people asking not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.
The upcoming iPhone Pro models will include three cameras on the back while the lower-end phones will continue to have two cameras, as with the current lineup. Apple will add the 3-D LIDAR system that debuted with the iPad Pro in March to its top-tier devices, setting the stage for advances in augmented-reality applications.
The highest-end new iPhone is set to have a screen slightly larger than the 6.5-inch panel on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Apple is investigating removing the cutout at the top of the display for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors in future designs, and it’s likely to reduce that notch in size with this year’s models.
All the phones are planned to include a significant upgrade to the processor with an emphasis on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks, people familiar with the devices said.
Apple has also been developing a smaller and cheaper version of its HomePod speaker, to be released as early as this year, and so-called Apple Tags that will let users track real-world objects like keys and wallets, according to people who’ve seen prototypes.
Lastly, Apple is also working on a new version of the MacBook Pro, Apple TV, refreshed budget iPads and a new iMac, people familiar with its product roadmap said." For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report that is on their 'Technology Homepage' today titled " Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod."
Another rumor today posted by Digitimes states that "Apple's assembly partners reportedly may defer volume production of 5G iPhones by at least one month amid high uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, but its mmWave AiP modules backend partners including TSMC and ASE Technology are still on target.