Apple tipped to release SEVEN new iPhones in 2020 – including three 5G models and the long-awaited iPhone SE 2

  • iPhone SE 2 is the successor to the iPhone SE, which was released in 2016
  • It will be released in March and  feature a 5.1-inch LCD display
  • Apple’s main iPhone 12 lineup will be released later in the year
  •  This is said to include three 5G models and three 4G handsets

Apple is rumoured to be working on seven new iPhones for release in 2020, including an array of 4G and 5G iPhone 12 models and the long-awaited iPhone SE.

Details of the new models were revealed in a private note to investors by analyst Jun Zhang of international brokers Rosenblatt Securities, leaked to Apple Insider. 

The note states that the iPhone SE 2 – the successor to the iPhone SE, which was released in 2016 – will launch in March 2020.

It will reportedly feature a 5.1-inch LCD display, a single rear camera and Apple’s latest A13 chip. 

A mock-up of what the iPhone 12 could look like by Ben Geskin, based on leaks and rumours. Mr Geskin, who has a reputation for uncovering Apple leaks that turn out to be accurate.

The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, had a 4-inch screen and familiar design. It sold well because of its 

NEW APPLE iPHONES RUMOURED TO BE LAUNCHING IN 2020 

  • iPhone SE 2 4G with a 5.1-inch LCD screen and single rear camera
  • iPhone 12 4G with a 6.1-inch LCD screen and dual rear cameras
  • iPhone 12 Pro 4G with a 5.4-inch OLED screen and dual rear cameras 
  • iPhone 12 Pro 5G with a 5.4-inch OLED display and dual rear cameras 
  • iPhone 12 Pro Plus 4G with a 6.1-inch OLED display and a triple rear camera with Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D sensing capabilities
  • iPhone 12 Pro Plus 5G using a 6.1-inch OLED screen, triple camera setup, and ToF features
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G with a 6.1-inch OLED panel, the triple camera setup, and ToF.

It will use TouchID fingerprint recognition for authentication rather than the newer FaceID facial recognition technology, and will only support 4G, not 5G.

As a result it is likely to be the cheapest model released next year, with a previous report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointing to a price tag of just $399 (£299).

Meanwhile, Apple’s main iPhone 12 lineup will be released later in the year – most likely in September.

This is said to include three 5G models – the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Pro 5G, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro Plus 5G, and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G. 

 There will also be three 4G models – the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 4G, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Pro 4G and the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro Plus 4G.

The three smaller handsets will have dual rear cameras, while the Plus and Max models will feature triple rear camera with Time-of-Flight 3D sensing capabilities.

Ben Geskin’s design for the iPhone 12 (right) is similar to the current iPhone 11 (left) but has a smaller notch and sharper edges similar to the iPad Pro

All of them will have top-end OLED displays apart from the iPhone 12 4G, which like the iPhone SE 2 will have an LCD display.

Zhang notes that while Apple is working on ‘multiple projects simultaneously’ for the next iPhone, he has no ‘clear idea as to which model and version will launch’.

Most of the handsets are expected to launch in September launch, but the iPhone 12 Pro 5G could launch in the spring of 2021, to ‘target the middle-end 5G market’.

The move to 5G may force Apple to adopt different components and materials for use in its devices to improve signal and reduce interference.

There may also need to be changes to the wireless charging technology used in the iPhones, as 5G is more power-hungry that 4G.

Several of the iPhone  12 models are said to have triple rear cameras, similar to the iPhone 11 Pro, which launched in September

Rosenblatt estimates that Apple’s 5G-enabled iPhones will cost around $200 more than their 4G equivalents.

It predicts that will sell 20 million 5G-enabled iPhones next year, but that Android 5G devices will begin taking market share from Apple in China in early 2020.

Last month, a top Apple leaker created a mock up of what he thinks the iPhone 12 will look like.

The mock up takes inspiration from the more industrial design of the iPad which features metal sides, sharper lines and more obvious physical buttons. 

It is only a suggestion for what the next iPhone could look like, says Mr Gerskin.

Apple do not release details of their devices until their iPhone announcements which are usually held in the Autumn.

‘We will see how close this is to the final design in 10 months’, he said.      

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