iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro max
Todd Haselton | CNBC
Apple is preparing four new iPhones for release in the second half of the year, which are similar to the current lineup of iPhone 12 models, TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a statement to investors on Monday.
The 2021 iPhones could have a smaller notch, increasing the usable screen area of the phone. (The notch at the top of the screen is where the Face ID camera system is located.) They’ll also have bigger batteries, according to the note, thanks to a new internal space-saving design, improved 5G modems, and better cameras.
Still, Kuo predicts that the 2021 iPhones will be the same size as the current phones: a “mini” device with a 5.4 “screen, two models with 6.1” screens and a “Max” -Model with a 6.7 inch screen. Kuo predicts that they will still have a proprietary Lightning connection for data and power.
The latest research from Kuo suggests that after a year of Apple changing its iPhone lineup with new designs, new screen sizes, and 5G connectivity resulting in a huge sales boom, this year’s models will be closer to what “S” models were previously called, in which Apple largely makes internal changes to its existing product range.
The 2021 iPhones will be a bit heavier than the iPhone 12 devices, Kuo said. High-end 2021 iPhones – the equivalent of Apple’s current “Pro” models – will continue to have advanced lidar sensors in the camera and have a display that can be updated twice as fast at 120 Hz, making for a smoother experience cares.
Kuo is a trusted analyst, often detailing unreleased products and focusing on the Asia-based supply chain that makes electronic parts for Apple.
After 2021, Kuo predicts that Apple could move away from a notch on the front screen to get a “hole punch” that includes its camera, as is the case with current devices from Samsung and other companies. Kuo said Apple could not release a redesigned iPhone with a full-front display and no notch, an under-display fingerprint sensor and an advanced telephoto camera until 2023 at the earliest.
Kuo also suggests that Apple is working on a foldable iPhone, similar to products from companies like Samsung and Huawei, and that that product could hit the market as early as 2023, but there are still issues with technology and mass production. Apple could also launch low-end iPhones based on the existing technology in spring 2022 and 2023, the analyst said.
Ultimately, Kuo is skeptical that Apple will ditch its current lightning sensor in favor of a USB-C port, and says he’s not sure if or when Apple might start adding a fingerprint sensor to the power button on its phones.
Apple ditched fingerprint recognition in 2017 in favor of its FaceID facial recognition system, although a fingerprint sensor works better when the user is wearing a mask.