Apple’s flagship 2021 iPhones will come in the same sizes as last year’s models, but with a smaller display notch, so a new report from Bloomberg. That reflects Previous Predictions by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Bloomberg, this year’s phones will be an iterative upgrade over the iPhone 12 series and will include incremental improvements to their processors, cameras and displays when announced in September.
Bloomberg reports that “at least one” of the four new devices will contain a low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display. It’s a technology Apple previously used on its smartwatches to dynamically adjust screen refresh rates to save battery life. That goes with a previous prediction of Ming-Chi Kuo, who said both Pro iPhones coming this year would include LTPO displays and 120Hz refresh rates.
The report also casts doubt on the possibility of seeing an iPhone with an in-display fingerprint sensor this year. Although Bloomberg says Apple tested the technology, it is unlikely to come out in 2021. As early as 2019, Kuo predicted that Apple’s iPhone models could be the first in 2021 have fingerprint sensors in the display. The phones are also unlikely to include a fingerprint scanner in their power buttons. Kuo said in March.
According to the latest Bloomberg report, camera upgrades will reportedly include improved optical zoom for video recording. Kuo said beforehand The ultrawide cameras on both Pro models could also get a boost this year.
An area Bloomberg‘s report does not affect charging. There are were rumors that Apple could release a connectorless iPhone in 2021 and rely on MagSafe for power instead of a typical Lightning connector. But lately Kuo said Apple doesn’t think the MagSafe ecosystem is mature enough to serve as the only way to charge the iPhone, which suggests the Lightning port will remain for the time being.
Apple is reportedly preparing for a major iPhone sales cycle. Bloomberg says it has ordered up to 90 million units for the initial launch phase through late 2021, up from a typical order of 75 million in recent years. The company appears to be banking on increased demand caused by more people switching to 5G devices, but it could also benefit from sanctions against competitor Huawei, which was recently forced to postpone the launch of its newest flagship. The production of the new iPhones is unlikely to be affected by the global chip shortage, as Apple is one of the largest and most important customers of the chip manufacturer TSMC due to its size.