Apple recently unveiled its 2019 iPhone models and the iPhone 11 series is now on shelves in the United States and other countries around the world.
Now that the new models are out, we’ve seen Apple and retailers slash the prices of 2018 line of iPhones. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are still pretty expensive, but these price cuts and trade-ins can save you quite a bit of cash on the company’s former flagships.
While many of you are perfectly fine if you wind up with one of these devices, others might want to hang around until next year.
Rumor has it, the 2020 iPhone will come with a much bigger set of changes and those who aren’t impressed with the iPhone 11 models should consider waiting.
2020 iPhone Rumors
We’re more than a year away from the 2020 iPhone announcements, but we’ve already seen some credible rumors emerge this year.
The 2020 iPhone will reportedly feature an overhauled camera system with 3D capabilities, OLED screens across the board, display upgrades, a new processor, 5G support, a new design that could include a smaller notch, and a few other changes that might intrigue you as you search for your next device.
Apple’s iPhones are still in development which means plans can, and probably will, change before Apple debuts the hardware on stage. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the 2020 iPhone.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the 2020 iPhone models arrive.
Wait for A Smaller Notch
If you buy a iPhone in 2019 you'll have to contend with a notch on the display.
The 2018 iPhones featured a notch that's similar to the notch found on 2017's iPhone X. The notch houses important sensors, but it's drawn the ire of many smartphone users due to its intrusiveness.
The 2019 iPhones come with the same notch area as the 2018 iPhone models, but the company is reportedly looking to slim down, and/or eliminate, the notch on the 2020 iPhone models. So if you aren't a huge fan of the notch you'll want to keep your eyes on the 2020 iPhone.
Leaker Ben Geskin claims Apple is currently testing different Face ID prototypes that could allow the company to use a smaller notch on the 2020 iPhone models.
Earlier this year, Geskin released concept images (seen here) of a rumored 2020 iPhone prototype with a 6.7-inch display and a Face ID and TrueDepth camera system housed in the top bezel.
Apple is reportedly exploring ways to combine Face ID and the front-facing camera a move that could reduce the size of the notch.
Apple supplier AMS has also announced new sensor technology that could help the company deliver a smaller notch on upcoming iPhones.
“Smartphone OEMs today are striving to maximize their products’ screen-to-body ratio, reducing the bezel area as much as possible on the display’s face,” said David Moon, Senior Marketing Manager at ams. “The TCS3701 enables phone designers to take this trend to a new level, potentially eliminating the bezel entirely."
Furthermore, an analyst from Credit Suisse in Asia believes that Apple will release an iPhone without a notch or Face ID in 2020.
The same analyst believes Apple will completely eliminate the notch by 2021 with the phones relying on full screen fingerprint sensor.
Things are still in flux, but if you hate the notch, you'll have to wait until next year. At least.
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