No sooner are the new iPhone in the form of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max available, come to other rumors about their successors. This time it's about the design of the new generation, which will be released in September 2020. It should be based on the design of the iPhone 4 from the year 2010.
At least this is reported by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Even if the basic concept of a metal frame with a front and a back made of glass does not change, the design of the metal frame will change significantly and again more to the more edgy design of the iPhone 4 than the round shapes of the iPhone 11 and its predecessors match iPhone X from 2017, says Kuo. While the frame itself should be edged, the glass should still have a slight rounding at the edges. However, the significantly changed design should cause significantly higher production costs. Impact on the antenna performance of the iPhone should not have the metal frame – the iPhone 4 had to distribute Apple after problems with the antennas in the stainless steel frame free protective covers, “Antennagate” was born.
Jony Ive designed the iPhone 4
The iPhone 4, designed by Jony Ive, was the first smartphone to sit on an exposed, edgy stainless steel frame between two tempered glass sides. This design has been repeatedly taken up by other smartphones over the years. In the case of the iPhone 11 series smartphones, however, the rounded metal frame and the curved glass sides merge as seamlessly as possible. If iPhone 11 aluminum is used for the frame, it is the iPhone 11 Pro (Max) stainless steel in combination with matt glass on the back.
The iPad Pro already relies on edges
In the iPad Pro (test), Apple has opted last year for a more angular design of the frame and has turned away from the round shapes. A vaulting of the glass, as predicted for the iPhone 12, does not show the iPad Pro however.
New display sizes and possibly with fingerprint sensor
Previously, Kuo had reported that Apple will offer the iPhone 12 in three variants with new display sizes of 5.4 and 6.7 inches (OLED) and 6.1 inches (LCD). Currently, the OLED versions are based on displays with 5.8 and 6.5 inches. By contrast, Kuo sees the already speculated fingerprint sensor in the display only in the year 2021 in the iPhone. At least one iPhone should offer support for 5G next year.