Apple to redesign iPhone with flat sides and a smaller notch
Apple to redesign iPhone with flat sides and a smaller notch. Bloomberg has released a new report detailing much of Apple’s 2020 product roadmap, including the four new iPhones that have been widely rumored. Corroborating Ming-chi Kuo’s analysis of last year, Apple is said to be rethinking the chassis of the iPhone Pro with flat edges reminiscent of the current iPad Pro. Kuo claimed the screen glass would still be slightly curved, while Bloomberg says it’ll be flat.
Bloomberg reports that there will be two iPhone Pro models with three cameras on the back and that they will feature the new iPad Pro’s LIDAR 3D-scanning system — unclear if this will replace any of the three existing cameras for the iPhone 11 Pro, though. It’s also unclear whether the boxy redesign will come to the two lower-end dual-camera models that are reportedly replacing the iPhone 11.
Face ID notch size will be “likely” reduced
The larger iPhone Pro will have a “slightly larger” screen than the 6.5-inch panel on the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the Face ID notch will “likely” be reduced, the report says. Kuo predicted last year that the Pro models would be available in 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch screen sizes.
Bloomberg also said it expects a smaller cheaper HomePod speaker as early as this year, following up on its own reporting from August. This new model is now said to have a similar design to the existing HomePod but comes in at around half the size. Apple is reportedly planning a second-quarter release.
Finally, Bloomberg also says it expects new versions of the MacBook Pro, Apple TV, iMac, and entry-model iPad, though it doesn’t give any details on what the refreshes might include. A 14-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor-switch keyboard has been predicted by Kuo.
Apple doesn’t expect the coronavirus pandemic to cause major delays, according to Bloomberg, though certain iPhone models could end up launching weeks later than usual. Engineers are reportedly heading to China to finalize work on the lineup next month ahead of mass production.