2020 is set to be a landmark year for Apple. Jaws have already hit the floor on the back of reports the company will release up to six new iPhones with the iPhone 12 set for some particularly notable upgrades. And now yet another new iPhone has been revealed.
Digitimes (via MacRumors) says that Apple’s plan to introduce an all-new budget iPhone (dubbed the ‘iPhone SE2’) in early 2020 is only half the picture.
“The latest news coming from the supply chain is that Apple is likely to add yet another LCD-based model to its iPhone lineup for 2020m” DigiTimes explains. “This new member will be an upgraded version of the widely speculated iPhone SE2 featuring a [larger] 5.5- or 6.1-inch LCD display and available at the end of 2020 or in earlier 2021, said the sources.”
01/04 Update: DigiTimes has added to this information with a further report stating Apple has agreed a new deal with TSMC to be the sole supplier of its next-gen A14 iPhone chipset with production beginning as soon as Q2. DigiTimes says it will be the first A Series chip to be manufactured with a 5nm process (A12 / A13 were 7nm) which should both boost performance and increase efficiency. It could also increase Apple’s (already large) advantage over rivals with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 865 flagship chipset for Android phones still using 7nm.
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A lot of this makes sense. Acclaimed industry insider Ming-Chi Kuo has touted a circa 5.4-inch iPhone for several months. This ‘iPhone SE3’ appears to be based on the iPhone 11 while ‘iPhone SE2’ is based on the older 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and sports a Touch ID home button alongside 3GB RAM and (remarkably) the same A13 chip inside the iPhone 11 range.
With the iPhone 12 line-up, once again, appearing similar to the iPhone X and featuring additional (if ‘modest’) price increases, the appeal of smaller, budget-friendly (yet blazing fast) budget models is clear.
That said, for those prepared to pay more, internally the iPhone 12 range will deliver Apple’s biggest iPhone upgrades in years with a host of cutting edge features. These include a long-range 3D camera, 120Hz ProMotion displays, an in-display Touch ID sensor and 5G coming to every iPhone 12. The Lightning port may also be on the chopping block.
So, big or smaller, premium or affordable, 2020 looks like the year Apple’s iPhones may just offer it all. Not bad when one iPhone, in particular, is already my favourite smartphone of 2019.