Apple’s 2019 iPhones: Ming-Chi Kuo has spoken

The latest from the Apple rumor mill’s favorite tattler.

From MacRumors:

In a thorough research note outlining Apple’s plans for 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo describes his outlook for the next iPhone lineup. According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhone lineup will mirror that of the current lineup, including 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models as well as a 6.1-inch LCD model.

As for changes to expect in 2019, Kuo says the iPhone XR successor may be upgraded to 4GB of RAM, while all models will include frosted glass casing, larger batteries, the ability to wirelessly charge other devices, and new technology for indoor positioning and navigation.

The new 5.8″ OLED may support DSDS, and the new 6.1″ LCD may be upgraded to 4GB. All of part of the new models’ main upgrades include Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass casing, bilateral wireless charging for charging other devices, upgraded Face ID (with a higher power flood illumination), larger batteries, and triple camera feature (wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide lens).

Kuo also says all three models will include Lightning connectors rather than USB-C and have the same notch area as current models, contradicting other rumors of smaller notches.

There’s more. MacRumors, which has some kind of exclusivity deal with Kuo, stretched his latest Apple product roadmap into six separate posts Sunday. They covered, in addition to the new iPhone lineup,  AirPods, AirPower, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, Apple Watch, a new 6K display.

My take: None dare call it industrial espionage.

One of these days I should revisit my 2016 “How reliable is Ming-Chi Kuo?” The takeaway from the first (and so far only) “truthiness” test, as I recall, is that Kuo is better on the details of Apple’s new hardware features than on the timing of their release.

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