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We probably won't see Apple's next iPhone -- possibly called the iPhone 11 -- until this fall, but 2019 is already shaping up to be a banner year for phones.
We're just a few months out from the dawn of 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, which has the potential to increase connectivity speeds by an order of magnitude (or two). The first phones with foldable displays are now moving from prototype to production. And we're already seeing phones with incredibly advanced camera technology on store shelves -- five lenses! 48 megapixels! -- with even higher-resolution imaging on the way.
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And, as far as we know, the next generation iPhone will have none of it.
With all of the biggest players set to debut 5G phones in 2019, all of the signals suggest that Apple won't join them until 2020 -- at the earliest. With the company still working to bring OLED displays to the entirety of its lineup, foldable screens don't seem to be a realistic route on Apple's near-term roadmap. There are some rumors about laser-guided, AR-ready, 3D cameras being integrated with Face ID in the future -- but the consensus is that we'll see only incremental steps for Apple's camera technology in the next iPhone.
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But, still, this is Apple. Despite signs of slumping performance at the end of 2018, it still made $37 billion in revenue from selling nearly 50 million phones from July through September last year. The iPhone remains a premium product sold by a premium brand. So we can't count out the possibility of Apple surprising us this fall with revolutionary features or distinctive aesthetics.
In the meantime, there's no shortage of analysts, pundits and leakers guessing at those features and aesthetics. And one miniature scandal has already blown through the iPhone 11 rumor mill....
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