Apple leaks show why you should delay upgrading your iPhone until 2020

Another confirmation that you should hold onto your current iPhone and wait to upgrade until 2020.


Bloomberg Leaks 2020 iPhone Camera, USB-C Upgrades

There is already a very strong case against upgrading to the iPhone 11. In fact, Apple has even made a good one. And it just got stronger.

2020 iPhone concept

2020 iPhone concept

Ben Geskin

In a major new report, Bloomberg’s ever-excellent Mark Gurman and Debby Wu have revealed that Apple is planning two game-changing moves for its 2020 iPhones. And this includes capitalising on technology pulled from the iPhone 11.

Citing “people familiar with the plans”, Gurman and Wu say Apple will introduce a radical 3D camera in its 2020 iPhone which can scan and model the environment around it up to a distance of about 15 feet. It will be laser-based unlike the 25-50 centimetre range of the dot projector-based 3D mapping system used in Face ID on the front of current iPhones.

Interestingly, we already know about the potential of such a system to revolutionise AR and VR experiences because Sony has developed it and teased the technology back in December. It also teased its partnership with Apple. Moreover, it was Apple who reportedly got cold feet pulling it from the iPhone 11 because it misses out on too many features to make its inclusion worthwhile.

Sony's 3D Camera technology maps its environment up to 15 feet away and it is coming to the 2020 iPhone

Sony’s 3D Camera technology maps its environment up to 15 feet away and it is coming to the 2020 iPhone


And Bloomberg says this upgrade is just the tip of the iceberg, with “a third, more advanced camera, enhanced photo-capture tools and a more powerful chip” all on the way. Meanwhile, the shift to a USB-C connector seems almost certain with Bloomberg revealing Apple has been testing USB-C versions of the iPhone 11 (which may explain this) ahead of an eventual switch in 2020.

Throw in the fact, that 5G is a nailed-on certainty for next year’s iPhones (thanks to Intel’s loose lips and Apple’s admission of expedited plans), as well as an all-new design (and sizes), new display technology and, potentially, even the return of Touch ID and even the best iPhone 11 improvements look weak by comparison.

Apple’s brilliant supply chain planning looks set to win the war, but the iPhone 11 is one financial battle you’d be better off not fighting.

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