Like every year, there has been a lot of talk about what’s next for Apple’s iPhone lineup. Rumors have been circulating for months, and now as we near the expected unveiling of the iPhone in September, we hear more and more about these new phones. Today, a new report highlights several expected features for the next iPhones while also claiming that Apple plans to increase production significantly from the 2020 numbers.
Today’s report comes from Bloombergwho spoke to anonymous sources familiar with Apple’s plans. Unfortunately, those of you hoping for a bigger upgrade probably won’t see it with this next line of phones, as Bloomberg’s report reiterates that this year’s iPhones will be more of an “incremental upgrade” than the 2020 line’s iPhone 12. We’ve heard this before, too, so it’s probably best not to expect a major iPhone makeover in 2021.
Still, Bloomberg’s report lists a few features that are worth our attention. For starters, Bloomberg says Apple plans to roll out updates for all iPhone models and that Apple’s iPhone unveiling event should take place in September after it happened last October because of the pandemic.
We also hear that at least one of the iPhones uses a low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LPTO) display, which basically offers a variable refresh rate depending on the display. Many of Apple’s competitors are using this in their always-on smartphone displays, and Apple itself is even using it in the Apple Watch, so this year we could be heading for an iPhone with an always-on display.
Bloomberg also states that while the design of 2021 iPhones will be more or less the same as last year, Apple will introduce a smaller front camera, which means a smaller notch on the top of the device. We’ll see souped-up cameras that offer better video recording and optical zoom, along with an improved SoC (but that was basically a given). While Bloomberg states that Apple has been experimenting with in-display fingerprint readers, the feature isn’t quite ready for prime time just yet. So don’t expect it to ship in this year’s iPhones.
Additionally, unnamed sources speaking to Bloomberg also state that Apple is looking to ramp up production for the iPhones by 2021. Apple plans to produce up to 90 million iPhones by the end of the year, which is a significant increase compared to the 75 million it ordered in previous years. We’ll see if the 2021 iPhones impress enough people to justify those increased production numbers soon enough, as Apple is slated to reveal them in September.