New report details Apple’s plan for iPhones (and other gadgets) this year


A new report from Bloomberg’s Debby Wu and Mark Gurman says that Apple tasked its suppliers with building “at least 75 million” 5G iPhones. That’s in the ballpark of what was produced last year, so Apple is expecting strong sales despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More interesting for our purposes here, though, are tidbits about what those iPhones—and other Apple products planned for release this year—look like.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the Bloomberg story claims that Apple has a busy holiday season ahead of it. The sources say that Apple plans to launch four 5G iPhone models, a new iPad Air, two new Apple Watch models, over-ear headphones, and a new HomePod speaker. They also allude to a modestly updated Apple TV 4K and the long-rumored AirTags product, but the story did not claim that those are coming this year.

Let’s start with the iPhones. Bloomberg’s sources say there will be two entry-level models (up front one last year, the iPhone 11) and two high-end successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. While the main split between the cheaper iPhone and its pricier siblings has been the choice between an LCD and an OLED screen these past couple of years, the sources claim that all four new iPhone models will have OLED screens.

Those screens will also come in new sizes. The cheaper iPhones will come in 5.4- and 6.1-inch variants, while the premium alternatives will come in 6.1 and 6.7 inches. All four devices will also have 5G, though the sources say that some testers have reported that this feature hasn’t improved their wireless data speeds much on current, nascent 5G networks.

In any case, the phones would all feature Apple’s new A14 system-on-a-chip and see a significant redesign—the first major one since the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. All four…



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