For Apple, the tide is turning fast. Following news that every version of iOS can be hacked, a move which threatens 1.4BN iPhones and iPads worldwide, we now know there is no good reason to buy a new iPhone in 2019.
Apple 2020 iPhone concept based on leaks
Covered by Forbes’ Ewan Spence, acclaimed industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo has leaked Apple’s grand plans for its 2020 iPhones. And looking at the ramifications from this, they are hugely significant for anyone considering an iPhone upgrade this year.
What Kuo reveals is that 2020 will be the year Apple delivers the big crowd-pleasing upgrades which it will skip in 2019. Most notable for some, Kuo states 2020 models will be the first iPhones to come with true 5G connectivity – something the 2019 models will controversially skip.
Moreover, Kuo states that 2020 will be the year we see Apple deliver the first major design change to the iPhone since the iPhone X. Apple will re-size its premium models, shrinking the 5.8-inch model to 5.4-inches and increasing the 6.5-inch Max to 6.7-inches. This will give fans the firstly truly pocketable and powerful iPhone since the iPhone SE. The 2020 iPhone XR will remain at 6.1-inches and skip 5G (coming in 2021) but step up to a premium OLED display for the first time. A new punch-hole display is also tipped for all 2020 models.
iPhone 2020 concept with punch-hole display
By contrast, Apple’s 2019 iPhones are little more than a second successive ‘S year’. They will be the third generation to look almost identical to the iPhone X and, where the design has changed, popular opinion is it’s for the worse.
What if you must upgrade in 2019? First, my condolences. Second, unless your iPhone is at death’s door, I’d try to hold off. There are some benefits coming in 2019, such as upgraded rear cameras, a larger battery and (maybe) USB-C but, otherwise, improvements are primarily catch-up features like louder speakers, Bluetooth music sharing and a camera Night Mode (which should come to almost all models in iOS 13).
Apple can do better, and it will. So spread the word: the future is worth waiting for.