Apple Are Reportedly Eyeing The iPhone 4 Design As An Influence For The 2020 iPhone

26 September 2019
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According to reports, next year’s iPhone will likely feature a design that is reminiscent of the iPhone 4. It’s also expected that it will support 5G

Barely a week has passed since the launch of the highly anticipated iPhone 11 models and already Apple is looking to the future. Just when those lucky individuals were getting accustomed to the weight of the new phone and its trippy triple camera design, news has already come forward about the launch of the “next best thing” from the tech giant. Yep, we’re talking about next year’s iPhones.

According to reports from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it’s believed that the 2020 iPhone lineup will feature a redesigned chassis that is a big departure from the current curved stainless sides. It’s a design move that is reminiscent of the iPhone 4’s industrial design, while also drawing comparisons to Apple’s 2018 attempt to outfit the iPad Pro with a boxier look.

As MacRumours reports, Kuo suggests that the new 2020 iPhones will feature 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch displays. The lineup is also expected to featured OLED screens rather than the two-OLED, one-LCD range the company brought out with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 models.

Should the rumours be true, the 2020 iPhone will serve as the first external redesign for Apple’s flagship smartphone in years. Given that the iPhone 4 was such a popular and beloved design, it makes sense that Apple would want to return to its key features, simply giving them more of a contemporary interpretation.

As Engadget reports: “The new design may indicate that Apple will simply skip the iPhone 11S and go straight for the iPhone 12 like it did when transitioning from the iPhone 7 to the 8.”

The publication adds, “The new look will be a selling point for customers, but Kuo warns that production prices will likely rise thanks to the reworked frame. Apple has faced more backlash than usual for its high prices, but seemingly has tried to curb complains with the iPhone 11’s $699 base price.”

But as previous owners of the iPhone 4 can attest, the device famously fell victim to “antennagate”, whereby users lost cell reception if they held the phone incorrectly. This saw Apple give out free cases to help solve the problem. MacRumours doesn’t mention whether Kuo’s note addresses the controversy, but he does suggest that the metal frame will feature a design aimed to minimise any impact the metal may have on the phone’s high-frequency transmission.

More importantly, Kuo has suggested that the 2020 iPhone will support 5G, something Apple have been striving to attain for quite some time. It’s also been reported that Apple might release the phones with in-display fingerprint sensors, but Kuo predicts that this technology won’t actually be ready until 2021.

As always, take these rumours with a grain of salt. Given that the unveiling of the new iPhone is a while away, we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple changed their tactics or mind. But for the moment, a design that harks back to the glory days of the iPhone 4 certainly seems plausible. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Via GQ Australia