Jean Baptiste Su, vice president and principal analyst at Atherton Research, a US consulting firm, said that at least one of Apple's new iPhones released in 2019 will feature a USB-C interface, a smaller screen groove, and a Touch ID function under the display.
In a column in Forbes, Jean Baptiste Su shared his views on Apple's downward revision of its first quarter revenue forecast for FY 2019. He said that Cook’s letter to investors did not mention two key reasons for the decline in iPhone sales: price and lack of innovation.
With the latest iPhone XS series, Apple is selling yesterday's technology at tomorrow's price, consumers are beginning to realize this, they choose cheaper, better configured Android smartphones, especially from Chinese brands such as Huawei or OnePlus. Smartphone, or extend the life of the iPhone. The analyst also said that this year, Samsung, Huawei or one plus many Android brand flagship smartphones will support 5G technology, using the latest chips from Qualcomm or Huawei, while the iPhones launched in 2019 will not provide 5G support.
Although Jean Baptiste Su believes that Apple will release a redesigned iPhone X in 2019, using smaller screen grooves, under-screen fingerprint identification (Touch ID) and USB-C interface, the new machine still lacks scalability ( Flash card), battery life will not be significantly improved, nor can it provide Android flagship camera imaging, and the price will be higher. He said that Apple should pay more attention to innovation rather than constantly raising the price of the iPhone.
At the moment we still can't confirm whether the details of the 2019 iPhone mentioned by Jean Baptiste Su are reliable. However, we can imagine what it means for the next generation iPhone if these features prove to be true?
USB-C: For years, critics have long believed that Apple will never switch to USB-C on iOS devices, but the 2018 iPad Pro has made this shift. Will this iPhone follow up this year? It's worth mentioning that DigiTimes seems to think so, so Jean Baptiste Su is not the only one who thinks so.
Many of the latest Mac computers are equipped with a USB-C interface. If the iPhone is also switched from Lightning to USB-C, not only will a unified I/O standard be created on Apple devices, but other electronic products that can be used with Apple devices will also in this way. The transition from Lightning to USB-C will almost certainly cause turmoil among some Apple users who had to replace their pedestals, cables and other accessories as early as 2012 when Apple switched from 30-pin to Lightning.
But it's also worth considering that Apple has been emphasizing the future of wireless, so there is a possibility that the Lightning interface will always exist until there is no interface on the iPhone.
Screen Touch ID: It's hard to believe that Apple will do this on this year's iPhone. Face ID is more secure than Touch ID and seems to be the preferred method for Apple's future authentication. Face ID debuted on iPhone X in 2017 and expanded to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR last year. A well-known Apple analyst, Guo Mingxi, also made a similar point. He believes that Apple will not reintroduce Touch ID in any form in the new iPhone in September 2019.
Smaller grooves: This is of course credible. As the iPhone design continues to update, Apple will certainly find ways to reduce the screen's grooves, even if it is only a few millimeters.
Time only entered January of 2019, so we still have a lot of time to get more news about the 2019 iPhone. So far, we have heard that the next-generation iPhone may use a rear-mounted three-camera design, and the Face ID will be improved. In addition, Apple is considering using a thinner display screen.