While it doesn’t come as a big surprise, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu are reporting that the 2019 iPhone lineup is going to be an evolution of this year’s iPhone lineup, not revolutionary. The revolution is expected to happen in 2020. Gurman and Wu, who have a solid track record on Apple predictions, cited several sources familiar with Apple’s plans for 2019 and 2020 in their report.
The current iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will all see direct updated models in the 2019 iPhone lineup. While it is likely that we will see new names (iPhone XI for example), these 2019 models will be baseline upgrades to today’s lineup. Specifically, all three of these new iPhones are expected to have the new A12 SoC from Apple as well as improved FaceID technology. It is expected that the high-end of the lineup, the equivalent of the iPhone XS Max, will have a third rear facing camera for improved zooming functionality. All three of the new iPhone models will be running iOS 13 out-of-the-box.
The report from Gurman and Wu are also unclear on if the 2019 iPhone lineup will support USB-C charging. Apple, by all indications, are moving forward with USB-C over its Lightning connector and has already done so on this year’s iPad Pro lineup. Moving to USB-C would open up a world of accessories to the iPhone and would effectively become the world’s standard for phone charging. Reports have been circulating for weeks that Apple is testing a USB-C iPhone but whether that makes it to the 2019 lineup or not remains unclear.
2020 is when we will see big changes to the iPhone with the arrival of 5G support, for sure USB-C if it isn’t in the 2019 lineup, and 3D camera functionality on the rear facing cameras. The cameras will also support laser auto-focus.