Just kidding. 20 new iPhone models? Crazy, right? After all, this year Apple launched only three models. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Three.
I enter this land of crazy thanks to a prediction of six different iPhone models to be released next year. Sure, anyone can make a prediction, and nobody is keeping score, so it’s likely that when three or four iPhones ship next year, you won’t remember my guess of 14.
How many iPhones are coming?
I predict four. The math is simple.
First, sometime in the spring, Apple will launch an iPhone 8-like model with 4.7-inch display; an improved camera with a single lens, the latest CPU, LCD display, lower price tag.
Let’s call it iPhone SE 2, but I think Apple has a different name in mind. How about iPhone Xe. ‘e’ is for economy. But not 5G enabled.
2020 will be Apple’s year for broadening the product line, so expect 5G to be available in all three of the remaining four models.
A high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max, a mid-range iPhone 12 Pro– three cameras all– and, well, something else.
The something else could be the mystery phone to top all mystery phones, but I am willing to venture onto the limb of mockery and say this:
Dual cameras, OLED display, new CPU– just like the iPhone 12 Pro models– and priced even lower than this year’s models.
Apple struggles to sell more iPhones and one reason is the price. All other premium smartphones of the iPhone class are priced less than iPhone, but two new models priced less than iPhone 11 will capture even more customers, perhaps grow the customer base well beyond 1-billion, and get even more customers in line to prop up Apple’s Services and Wearables divisions.
Despite a boatload of profits from the two newest non-hardware categories, Apple remains a hardware company. Without customers to buy iPhones, Macs, and iPads, the company will not sell as many Services or Wearables (Watch, AirPods, et al).
How do I reach 14 iPhones for 2020?
Colors. Three for iPhone SE 2, eight for iPhone 12, and three for iPhone 12 Pro models.
See? 14 iPhones in 2020.