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Apple could release 5 iPhones in 2020 and one without a lightning port in 2021

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You may have only just gotten your hands on the new iPhone 11 or the iPhone 11 Pro, but new predictions from the prolific TF Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, show five new iPhone models launching in 2020. 

Kuo –who is something of an oracle when it comes to iPhone predictions — is predicting that four of the five iPhones will have 5G support, according to MacRumors. He’s also anticipating an iPhone SE2 debut within the first half of the new year which will feature a 4.7-inch LCD display and a single-lens rear camera, but no 5G support. 

The other four models, which Kuo is calling the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, would have 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch OLED displays, respectively, and either a dual-lens or a triple-lens rear camera — all with 5G support. These would be Apple’s first devices with 5G compatibility.

Like Kuo predicted back in September, the iPhone 12 models would resemble something similar to the iPhone 4, specifically when it comes to the metal frame. The surface of the metal frame would be flat, unlike current iPhone models that feature curved edges. 

Kuo reportedly expects the five new phones to be available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, and in the U.K. 

Another report from 9to5Mac shows Kuo also predicted an iPhone without a lightning port in 2021. This wouldn’t be replaced with USB-C, as one might guess. In fact, it won’t be replaced at all, making the 2021 iPhone a completely port-less device that relies solely on wireless charging. This change would reportedly only occur in higher-end iPhone models at first before showing up in the entire new iPhone lineup. 

Digital Trends reached out to Apple about Kuo’s predictions, and we’ll update this story once we hear back. 

Aside from phones, there’s been other recent rumors about new Apple products, including resurfaced speculations about an Apple car. Apple filed for a patent in 2016 that was just granted, which has technology that would eliminate a car’s blind spots. 

There’s also the possibility of Apple making, augmented reality glasses and augmented reality headphones to be used in conference calls. The patented headphones would improve identification and the intelligibility of speech. They would be able to simulate a virtual audio environment (like a conference room) so listeners would be able to identify and hear other speakers as if they were all in the same place.

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