Apple to launch five iPhones in 2020, iPhone without ports in 2021

Apple to launch five iPhones in 2020, iPhone without ports in 2021
Apple is preparing an extensive range of iPhones that’ll be introduced next year, and today analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released his newest predictions about the lineup in addition to some early information about Apple’s plans for 2021.

Five models next year, including the iPhone SE 2 and iPhone 12 Plus


Apple has released three iPhones every year since 2017 and next year was initially expected to be no different. However, reports emerged earlier this year about a potential iPhone SE2 and earlier this week there were whispers about a potential fifth model. Following Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research note, here's what's expected:

  • iPhone SE2: This phone will act as a spiritual successor to the original iPhone SE but will, in fact, be based upon the newer iPhone 8. It’ll pair a 4.7-inch LCD display with a single rear camera and modern internal components borrowed from the iPhone 11. Pricing is yet to be confirmed but it should instantly become the cheapest iPhone when it hits shelves in March.
  • iPhone 12 Pro: As the name indicates, this 5G-ready phone will replace the iPhone 11 Pro. Ming-Chi Kuo believes it’ll pair a triple-camera setup with a new Time-of-Flight sensor and a larger 6.1-inch OLED display.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max: This version will feature the same internal components as the standard iPhone 12 Pro paired with a new 6.7-inch display instead of the 6.5-inch panel that Apple currently uses.
  • iPhone 12 Plus/Max: The model’s naming is yet to be confirmed but it’ll act as the replacement for this year’s iPhone 11. Kuo expects Apple to stick to a dual-camera setup once again, with the main upgrades being the introduction of an OLED display and 5G network support.
  • iPhone 12: To cater towards customers looking for a compact smartphone that’s still powerful, Apple is reportedly developing a 5.4-inch iPhone that will be no different to the iPhone 12 Plus when it comes to specifications.

The analyst in question says the iPhone 12 series will be “similar to the iPhone 4” externally and incorporate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem.

The iPhone SE 2 Plus and a portless iPhone Pro are on track for 2021


Entering 2021, it seems Apple will continue with its strategy of releasing five iPhones per year. Ming-Chi Kuo believes the Cupertino-based giant will launch a so-called iPhone SE 2 Plus early on in the year that’ll feature an all-screen design.

Considering the standard iPhone 12 is expected to switch over to OLED next September and adopt the existing iPhone 11 Pro front panel design, the iPhone SE 2 Plus will probably look a lot like the regular iPhone 11. However, some changes are on the way. 

It is believed the smartphone will feature either a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch display that’s paired with Touch ID rather than Face ID. Apple is apparently aiming to integrate the former into the smartphone’s side-mounted power button, which also means the notch will be significantly smaller. 

The end of 2021 should be dominated by Apple’s usual lineup of iPhones, in this case the standard iPhone 13 and the premium iPhone 13 Pro. But according to Kuo, a massive change is currently in the works for the “highest-end model” that reportedly involves removing the controversial Lightning port in the hope of providing a “completely wireless experience.” This means the resulting phone will have absolutely no ports and could suggest Apple is planning to skip the highly anticipated USB-C iPhone entirely.

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41 Comments

1. shawman

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

so only wireless headphones. That would be awful. wired has much better quality. I hope Samsung does not follow iphone on this path.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Every manufacturer will end up going down this path, it's inevitable. However, 2021 does seem pretty soon for that to happen considering how slow wireless charging is at the moment. Hopefully big advancements happen over the coming years if they go ahead with that.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Inevitable...and unfortunately. It's sad that manufacturers have stopped listening to the demands of consumers. I personally like options for charging (a port and wireless), and for listening to music (port and Bluetooth). If one fails we at least had a backup solution.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong Joshua. Especially when USB-C offers much greater speeds, much higher power, and offer lots of different connections, even simultaneously with other hardware. USB-C can support up to 40 gigabits, or thunderbolt 3. USB 4 is using the USB-C port as a standard. Lightning is crap, and has been crap for years. It's much slower, and couldn't support high power like USB-C can. Now WiFi 6 has a theoretical throughput of 9.6 gigabits. However that doesn't take into account any interference around you. Especially from some other devices that might be using the same air waves. I can see why Apple is doing this because they don't want to pay Intel or anyone else to use USB-C or USB 4 on their iPhones. Why do you think Apple has stuck with one of the worst proprietary lightning port standards for so long. It's was also a cash cow for Apple, and only Apple. Even then Apple has been looking to get rid of it. WiFi 6 is still much slower than USB-C or USB 4. Plus if you want to charge your iPhone is only going to be wireless. Then that sucks. How can you charge it on the go, or in your pocket. What about battery cases. There is something missing here. I am sure we are not getting the full picture here. But to loose a port like a charging or development port altogether is much worse than a audio headphone jack.

21. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

There are plenty of wireless pocket chargers, to your point though its not as fast as USB-C PD. I can say 2021 is a little fast but I could live wireless only.

30. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

How am I wrong? All I said was that every manufacturer will end up going down the wireless-only path eventually, which is obvious. The advancements we see today are leading us towards a completely wireless future. The only thing that's up for debate is the timeline.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It may be obvious for Apples crappy slow lightning. But USB-C is leaps ahead in all areas in comparison to Apples proprietary lightning. So ask yourself this Joshua, if you have a port on a smartphone that is USB 3.1 (10 gigabits), and now in some newer SoCs USB 3.2, or 20 gigabits arriving. Then why would you get rid of a port like that? Wireless isn't that fast. Look at WiFi 6 has a theoretical speed of 9.6 gigabits. But that is with no errors, or any radio interference, and no other devices communicating at that time. 5G is suppose to get up to 20 gigabits in a number of years from now. Qualcomm only released a 5G modem (X52) this week for everyone, and it's max throughput is 3.7 gigabits.

33. iushnt

Posts: 3176; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why do we need faster ports for? I never need to use ports for data transfer in my iPhone 7 Plus that I got 3 years ago. Almost everything is streamed and backuped up in cloud.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you write apps, then you need a USB to lightning cable to your Mac and iPhone. From there once your plug in your iPhone, then you will be asked if you trust that device. From XCode you can then send your app to your iPhone. How do you send to it if XCode doesn't know about the device or your iPhone in the first place. Since XCode 9 and once XCode and your Mac knows about your iPhone, then you can send to your iPhone via a network where both the Mac and iPhone are on the same WiFi Network. But you can't send to it, until you setup your iPhone over a cable.

36. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Because it makes life a little easier. Like wireless earphones, they don’t sound as good as equivalent wired ones, but they’re just much easier to use. Within a decade all phones will be portless. And if Apple goes portless in 2021 I wouldn’t be surprised if most are by 2025.

7. Elvis358

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

It will eventually everyone will fallow Apple.

22. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I have heard this argument and don't buy it. it's just like the old debate of analog Vinyl records vs digital CD's. The vast majority of the time it comes down to the quality of the headphones not Bluetooth vs 3.5mm. The funny part for me is most people having this debate are defending the free 3.5mm headphones that came with their iPhone.

2. JCASS889 unregistered

Unless wireless anything can match or exceed current wired standards this is not a good idea, how long would it take to move 100gb of music wirelessly?

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Probably not that long if it was moved over a 5G network. But yes, you're right. Feels too soon to me.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

5G modems from Qualcomm were only just released. Qualcomms X52 modem is made for everyone, and that will support up to 3.75 gigabits. Apple can't even use Qualcomms X55 modem unless Apple does a major redesign in order to accommodate that new 7.5 gigabit X55 modem.

5. tbreezy

Posts: 244; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Not entirely convinced about the port less part at all, but hey let’s wait and see.

6. Rafishant

Posts: 411; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I wish the design would be like iPhone 5 and the new iPad pro and not the glass sandwich like the iPhone 4.

8. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Glass is unfortunately inevitable these days because of wireless charging.

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Plastic also works with wireless charging. My Nexus 6 has a plastic back.

14. tbreezy

Posts: 244; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

I wouldn’t pay $1000 for a plastic built device. I’d rather they do the iPhone 5 design and just replace the aluminum parts with Stainless Steel.

23. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

But plastics not very premium

27. lyndon420

Posts: 6916; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

There are times when I'm willing to sacrifice premium for durability or practicality. Especially if the plastic back comes off to reveal a removable battery (ah the good old days).

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 1881; Member since: May 17, 2017

Hey, maybe it would even be.....wait for it...cheaper!

29. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I'd be more than willing to sacrifice wireless charging for an aluminum build. But I definitely do not want a plastic casing on a $1,000 phone. Couldn't care less about a removable battery. Haven't had a phone with one since 2012.

9. rebretz

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

This article contradicts the article yesterday from Phone Arena. This site is only good to get dimensions on phones and nothing else.

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1446; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wait. A RUMOR was contradicted by another RUMOR? You don’t say?

24. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I don't know what article you're referring to so I can't clarify anything, sorry. But there are always going to be contradicting rumors. We, like other websites, do our best to cover everything as long as it comes from a reliable source.

37. CrapGame

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 29, 2019

"We, like other websites, do our best to cover everything as long as it comes from a reliable source." I'm new here (but been lurking for a long time) and find this comment laughable. Many other websites have been covering Apple's removal of reviews from their website and iPhones sending location data to remote servers despite having location switched off. Yet PA have chosen to ignore both those major stories. Facts not rumors. You're probably the most balanced writer on here Joshua but that's certainly not the case in the overall tone of this site. So please explain why PA chose to ignore those two negative Apple stories?

38. joshuaswingle

Posts: 748; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Haven’t spoke to the team about either but the reviews were only for accessories, so the story really isn’t that interesting. Reviews for iPhones, iPods, Mac, etc haven’t been available for years. About the location data, I would assume it’s because we prioritised other stories. Each writer is free to cover what they wish (I very rarely write about OS bugs or anything like that) and prioritises what they see fit. There has been a lot of Qualcomm-related news this week, several Galaxy S11 and iPhone 12 leaks, a bunch of 5G stories, and the seasonal Holiday Deals. Sometimes things slip through the crack. But that happens with stories for every company, not just Apple.

39. CrapGame

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 29, 2019

Thanks for the reply Joshua. You're definitely the most transparent writer on this site. However, if Huawei or another Chinese company were to do the same thing with location data it would be headline news on here. I can only assume the story was ignored because it showed Apple in a bad light. Because it is a big story given their propaganda on privacy. The removal of reviews speaks volumes about Apple also and I'll leave it at that.
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