For this year’s iPhone upgrade, Apple has plans on changing the iPhone’s design to look completely different from the current iPhone models.
According to Barclay analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis, Apple will unveil a new designed iPhone at this year’s September event. For this year’s upgrade, we should see an updated iPhone X, an iPhone X Plus, and 6.1-inch iPhone that is speculated to be the updated iPhone SE. All three models will sport a new design.
“Based on several data points within the 4Q17 reporting period and our supply chain meetings at CES, we remain confident that Apple is set to deploy its TrueDepth 3D sensor across the iPhone range in 2018.”
If you’re not sure what TrueDepth sensors are, these are parts located in the iPhone’s Face ID that allows for facial recognition. The analysts believe that the upcoming iPhone will have updated sensors that will have a “smaller notch” on the iPhone.
In addition, the analysts predict that we might see an iPhone with a rear-facing camera that sports TrueDepth by 2019.
A key discussion point regarding 2019 is whether or not Apple will be ready to insert a rear or world-facing sensor, given the additional complexity associated with a greater range and field of view and […] the potential safety implications for the human eye.
Our discussions with suppliers suggests Apple and its partners are working hard on a world-facing solution, but development is ongoing and with over 18 months ago to go until the 2019 iPhone cycle, not all is yet determined.
There’s been a lot of talk that Apple will release an iPad Pro this year that will also sport Face ID, which is expected to launch this June, while the three iPhones are expected to be release this September.