Apple can break the trend and launch four new iPhone 12 models in 2020, according to the latest reports. But let’s not forget the rumored SE 2 iPhone, which could bring the total number of new iPhones to five by 2020. We also hear rumblings on this week’s Apple Core roundup that TouchID is coming back thanks to Qualcomm’s latest in-screen fingerprint reader.
How many iPhone models will there be?
In the fall of 2020, Apple will launch four new iPhone 12 models, according to JPMorgan analyst Samik Chatterjee: a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch phones and a 6.7-inch phone. They’re both going to have OLED screens.
Also this week, these size estimates are linked by Ming-Chi Kuo who claims the iPhone 11 Pro’s new 5.8-inch display might be gone. So the lower-end phone, probably called the iPhone 12, will be the 5.4-inch and one of the 6.1-inch versions. Then the other 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will be the more expensive phones.
The new iPhone 12 models, including a new design and 5 G connectivity, are supposed to include the rumored bells and whistles we’ve heard before. The report says, however, that the higher-end phones (12 Pro and 12 Pro Max) will provide 5 G mmWave support and a triple-camera array that has what Chatterjee calls a “world-facing 3D sensing” camera, which we believe refers to the time-of-flight sensor to help capture depth information.
The standard iPhone 12 models are supposed to have dual cameras and embrace the spectrum of sub-6Ghz instead of mmWave.
Then there’s the second coming of the iPhone SE, bringing the total number of planned iPhones to five in 2020.
Return of TouchID
More rumors this week claim that in at least one of the latest iPhones launched next year, Apple will use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner— although that date may be pushed back to 2021.
We’ve already seen a number of Android phones with in-screen fingerprint readers like the Galaxy S10 and Note 10. This week, Qualcomm released a 30×20-mm in-screen reader called the 3D Sonic Max which gives us some insight as to what we might expect in the new iPhone if Apple is using this technology.