KEY POINTS

  • Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang believes Apple will release six distinct iPhone models in 2020
  • Three of these support 5G, and three support 4G
  • Zhang believes an iPhone SE 2 is coming, but it won't be as attractive as the iPhone 11

An analyst predicts that Apple will release not four, not five, but six iPhone models next year, all of them having different features and specs.

Apple continues to enjoy public attention, whether it's because their products have the best specs, are very expensive, or that it has some new upcoming devices and technologies along the way. A new report reveals that Cupertino might release as much as six iPhone models next year – a first for the Tim Cook-led company.

According a a research report from Rosenblatt's Jun Zhang (seen by Apple Insider), 2020 will see six distinct iPhone models released. While the prediction is quite odd considering Cupertino's record of selling a maximum of three different iPhone models per year, it's still to early to tell since the expected release date seems far away, BGR noted.

Zhang noted that the increase in the number of iPhone models boils down to whether the devices will support 5G or not. This means Apple will release three iPhones that have 5G capabilities, and three that only offer support for 4G. Here's a quick look at the distinct iPhone models:

4G only

  • iPhone 12 4G with a 6.1-inch LCD screen and dual rear cameras
  • iPhone 12 Pro 4G with a 5.4-inch OLED screen and dual rear cameras
  • iPhone 12 Pro Plus 4G with a 6.1-inch OLED display and a triple rear camera with Time-of-Flight 3D sensing capabilities

5G-capable

  • iPhone 12 Pro 5G with a 5.4-inch OLED display and dual rear cameras
  • iPhone 12 Pro Plus 5G using a 6.1-inch OLED screen, triple camera setup, and ToF features
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G with a 6.1-inch OLED panel, the triple camera setup, and ToF.

Zhang's forecast is very different from earlier predictions made by analysts from JP Morgan. According to JP Morgan, Apple will be releasing four 5G-capable handsets in 2020. Furthermore, the analysts said the largest iPhone model will have a 6.7-inch display.

Much like other predictions, however, Zhang also believes that Apple will be releasing a cheaper model known as the iPhone SE successor. Rosenblatt expects this device to have a 5.1-inch LCD screen and just one rear camera. Zhang, however, doesn't think the device will be “as attractive as the iPhone 11.”