Earlier this day the Japanese Apple blog made some new claims about the new upcoming 2019 iPhone lineup. After previous rumors, we have news that the 2019 iPhones will be a huge success compared with the previous iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Today’s report, citing reliable Chinese supply chain sources, suggests that in addition to spec bumps to the XR and XS, there will be two new 2019 iPhone models with 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays. These models would be specially designed to accommodate the rumored triple-camera system.
This is a strange report to read, but Macotakara has a very good and accurate track record to think about and we trust them. The site was one of the first, if not the first, to report that the iPhone 7 would drop the 3.5mm headphone jack for instance.
To justify the new upcoming iPhone lineup, they seem to be related to the triple-lens camera components. The lenses will be bigger than every iPhone camera ever and this will lead to better and with more quality photographs. However, this means the camera module is a physically larger component than any that has come before it too.
For these new 2019 iPhones, according to the report at least, Apple is making the chassis thinner to (partially) offset the increase in size of the triple-lens camera bump. The main body of the 6.1-inch OLED model will be about 0.15mm thicker than the current iPhone XS chassis, but the camera bump will protrude less, by about 0.5 mm.
Generally speaking, the 6.1-inch iPhone will be between the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and 6.1-inch iPhone XR in terms of size in hand, featuring thinner bezels than the iPhone XR and also having an OLED display instead of the actual LCD display of the iPhone XR.
Regarding the 6.5-inch OLED model, the overall body is purportedly 0.4mm thicker but the camera bump is reduced by 0.25mm. Combined, this means the 6.5-inch model would be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone XS Max.
Macotakara also claims that the upcoming OLED screens will feature bilateral wireless charging and come with Apple’s 18W USB charger and USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.
The report certainly throws a spanner in the works compared to the rumor mill consensus of a straightforward evolution of the current 6.1-inch LCD and 5.8-inch/6.5-inch OLED configurations.
Interestingly, over the weekend, OnLeaks tweeted that he had received new information regarding the 2019 iPhone lineup. It doesn’t directly agree with the Macotakara claims, but it shows there is room for more turbulence than we have been expecting.
OnLeaks said that an ‘unconfirmed source’ indicated the triple-camera would not be exclusive to any size but design changes like a frosted glass back would be limited to the ‘iPhone XI’ and ‘iPhone XI Max’. These could be the two OLED models that Macotakara is claiming will exist.
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