We thought we knew everything about Apple’s controversial new iPhone plans. But new information has blown that presumption out of the water…
Citing “trustworthy sources” in Apple’s Chinese supply chain, respected Japanese blog Mac Otakara has revealed the surprising news that Apple will release no less than five new iPhones this year.
Alongside the expected iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR updates, Mac Otakara says Apple is preparing additional 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch models with OLED displays, thinner chassis, similar triple array cameras but with larger sensors, reverse wireless charging and bundled 18W Lightning-to-USB-C fast chargers.
Mac Otakara previously stated the new XS, XS Max and XR updates will ship with slow chargers and identical chassis while the XR will retain its cheaper LCD display. All of which indicates the introduction of a new flagship iPhone tier above the XSes – potentially the long expected ‘iPhone Pro’ range.
If correct, I think this is madness. Yes, Samsung has launched four Galaxy S10 models and no less than four Galaxy Note 10 models are expected to join them, but this is because of a split between 5G and 4G versions. 5G isn’t available everywhere and the hardware carries a significant price premium, so the additional versions make sense.
But iPhones will not have 5G this year and I’m not convinced there is any appetite for Apple to make its iPhone line-up even more expensive when a 512GB iPhone XS Max already costs $1450.
That said, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised if Apple does make this move. The company currently sells seven iPhone models spread across three generations, six Apple Watches, five iPads and three Apple TVs – one of which is called Apple TV+ but is actually a streaming service.