iPhone XS New iPhone designs question.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BLUEBLASTER, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. BLUEBLASTER macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2016
    With the iPhone 6,6s and 7 they all shared the same build design. Going forward can we expect a new design from Apple in 2020? Every 3 years?
  2. Darkashnet macrumors regular


    Jul 15, 2010
    Maybe 4. If you run in the assumption that the X was released a year earlier than planned, you have 6 6s 7 and 8 with all the same design. Either way, 3 or 4 years.

    Apple seems to be pushing the whole environment thing making phones last longer, which is a tell that there isn’t going to be a huge amount of design changes as often as there was before.
  3. Relentless Power, Oct 16, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would expect the current design to be used for at least four years. Smart phones generally do not have major refinements on a year to year basis, its typically incremental. 2019 is expected to introduce the ‘Triple lens camera’ as the next hardware refinement.
  4. MF878, Oct 16, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2018

    MF878 macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2011
    Auckland, New Zealand
    There’s not really much you can do to improve the iPhone’s design in the near future. The battery dictates the thickness, the glass back needed for wireless charging dictates the weight, etc. Any design improvements that could occur in the next couple of years would be minor, eg. a smaller notch, reduced camera hump (unlikely with the rumors of triple lens), slightly more bezel thinning, none of which would represent a meaningful change in my opinion.

    We are definitely not only a year or two away from having zero bezel and zero notch as some people seem to think. It might become technically possible in that time, but I don’t think it will be replicable at the scale Apple requires until at least 2021. Unfortunately, that’s really the final frontier for the “candy bar” style smartphone unless a different form factor like foldable or transparent phones becomes mainstream.
  5. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    Similar to above here, there's little they can improve upon at this stage. I think the next 'big' thing will be under-screen sensors, making the front all glass, however we are still a few years from anything like that. There could also be feasible bendable phones which take off.

    But I think it'll just be iterative updates for the next few years, smartphones have matured now, and improvements to the software are where things are going - like taking advantage of AI or using AR etc..

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