One Analyst Thinks the Next iPhone Will Have a USB-C Port, Smaller Notch, and Touch ID Under Display

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At least one new iPhone released in 2019 will sport a USB-C port, smaller notch, and the return of Touch ID under the display, according to Jean Baptiste Su, Vice-President and Principal Analyst at consulting firm Atherton Research.


    Su shared his prediction in a Forbes column about Apple lowering its revenue guidance for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year:
    This is the first Apple rumor we've ever heard from Su, and the Forbes contributor network has published its fair share of questionable content about Apple in recent years, so treat this rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism. Many analysts not named Ming-Chi Kuo simply make guesses -- and not always educated ones.

    Let's imagine these features prove to be true, though, and examine what that would mean for the next iPhone:USB-C: For many years, critics believed Apple would never switch to USB-C on its iOS devices, and then it did exactly that with the 2018 iPad Pro. Will the iPhone follow suit this year? Notorious supply chain publication DigiTimes seems to think so, so Su is not alone in his prediction.With many of the latest Macs equipped with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports, which share the USB-C connector design, moving from Lightning to USB-C on the iPhone would create one primary I/O standard across not only Apple devices but hundreds of other electronics.The switch from Lightning to USB-C would almost certainly cause an uproar among at least some Apple customers, who already had to replace their docks, cables, and other accessories when Apple switched from its 30-pin dock connector to Lightning back in 2012.It's also worth considering that Apple has emphasized a wireless future, so one possibility is that the Lightning connector sticks around until there is no connector whatsoever.
    Touch ID under the display: This one is hard to believe. Face ID is more secure than Touch ID and seems like Apple's authentication method of choice going forward, starting with the iPhone X and expanding to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR last year.Kuo agrees, noting that Apple doesn't plan to return to Touch ID in any capacity with its 2019 iPhone lineup back in September.
    Smaller notch: This one is certainly plausible. As the iPhone design continues to evolve, Apple will surely find ways to reduce the size of the notch, even if only by a fraction of a millimeter.
    It's only January, so we're still early in the rumor cycle about 2019 iPhones. Over time, we should get a clearer picture about what to expect from more reputable sources like Kuo. To date, we've heard the next versions could feature a triple-lens rear camera, Face ID improvements, slightly thinner displays, and more.

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  2. Cryates macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Yeah, and it'll also bring me breakfast in bed and fly me to work.
  3. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    FaceID a rush job as they couldn't do TouchID under the screen........ Confirmed.
  4. Stiss macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    The return of Touch ID?
    I can't see it myself, but I'd take it.
  5. jb007clone macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2006
  6. NinjaHERO macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    When does it start driving me to work? I'm looking forward to that upgrade. lol
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
  8. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    to have toucid means to have useless tech...until you touch to unlock..your phone is already unlocked
    Smaller notch was rumoured before so this and usbC are very plausible
  9. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2004
  10. decimortis macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    USB-C is a feature that would get me to finally upgrade my 7 Plus.
    I went from 3G to 5s because of fingerprint scanner. I went from 5s to 7+ because of waterproofing. No feature since the 7+ has given me any reason to upgrade, but USB-C on the iPhone would do it.
  11. jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
  12. Braderunner macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2015
  13. l0renz macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2012
    I just went from an iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7 and I got to say I'm happy :rolleyes:
  14. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Curious how Apple will explain what they said about Face ID is the future, Apple going backwards would be an interesting move
  15. FightTheFuture macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    TouchID? I suppose the headphone jack is coming back to?
  16. Morgenland, Jan 4, 2019
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    Morgenland macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2009
    "To date, we've heard the next versions could feature a triple-lens rear camera, Face ID improvements, slightly thinner displays, and more."

    The current iPhone has the optimal camera for its size. This concludes the chapter.
    I don't think you can get much more out of it.

    Unfortunately DJI (instead of Apple) has now taken the next logical step: The "DJI Osmo Pocket" is a horny thing. It was immediately sold out worldwide for the Christmas business. Quite rightly so. Together with an old iPhone (e.g. SE) you have a fantastic film/photo equipment. DJI is now just as professional as Apple, it's a tragedy that Apple didn't buy this Chinese company in time when it might still have been possible.


    Hopefully, Apple's mindless marketing will not be competing for more lenses, but will be guided back on track by Apple's former technology leaders. The development of meaningful things such as FaceID monitors (Mac mini) and other simple but effective technical implementations made Apple famous. Not the race to compete in display size, gimmicks, wristband color and edge roundness.

    As threatening as the market saturation in the iPhone sector is, there is hope that Apple will come to its senses again and no longer let itself be distracted by marketing games or crazy 'analysts', but will again develop new hardware and intuitive software, they were the best.
  17. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Face ID and Touch ID?

    Not likely.

    Much as I prefer Touch ID, Apple will dig in their heels and all future iPhones will have Face ID.

    This "analyst" is just hedging all his bets.
  18. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    One analyst doesn't have a clue what they're talking about. But can't hurt to make the prediction for the 0.1% chance it happens.
  19. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    TouchID coming back has about as much chance as ADB and SCSI coming back to Macs.

    FaceID works extremely well for me, and more reliable than TouchID. Not bad for a rush job.
  20. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
  21. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Apple adopt a industry standard AFTER everyone else? Swine will take flight before that day comes.
    They only way Apple replaces Lightning if a new USB standard comes out and they adopt it first. They have a thing for being first.:rolleyes:
  22. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    “It will still lack the extensibility....battery life....and camera quality of the Android flagship phones....

    Seriously? Has this guy even used an iPhone recently? The battery life is fantastic and only marginally beat out by *maybe* two or three Android phones, and the camera is one of the best on the market, with possibly only the Pixel 3 being better (and that is mostly software driven).

    If he wants to hammer on the lack of a memory card slot feel free, but at least be genuine about it. The iPhone has never had one, and most likely never will. I don’t know a single person that has said “I’m not buying one because it doesn’t have a micro sd slot.”

    That guidance sounds like an ad for Samsung.
  23. MyGiG macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2016
    Yeah, USB-C is not happening on the iPhone.. not that I would want it there :D
  24. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Maybe on USB-C (I personally hope so), smaller notch seems quite possible but I seriously doubt the underscreen Touch ID. FaceID works quite well and added underscreen FP reader means taking valuable space for other components.

    Plus, Apple rarely ever walks back on something, and never if it’s not an utter failure. 3D Touch has added little to nothing for most users (most people don’t even know it exists) yet it still exists 3 generations after its first implementation in the 6s. Far more people bitch about the missing headphone jack than FaceID and that’s never coming back either.
  25. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    FaceID is the most advanced and secure technology in any smartphone. No competitor has come close to replicating its security features. Apple is not gong to go back to the past when what it is doing today is so much better.

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