Apple planning three new iPhone models this year, WSJ reports

Marco Green
January 11, 2019

Offering what sound like iterative updates in 2019 could prove to be a controversial decision on Apple's part, explains the report.

Apple will release three new iPhone models in 2019, including a XR successor and a triple-camera flagship, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.

iPhones including 2018's XR and last year's 8 models are reportedly seeing price cuts in China.

Next year, according to the report, Apple could nix the LCD iPhone model entirely and switch all three phones to its OLED screen technology, which offers better and brighter colors. At the moment, the only difference between the iPhone XS and XS Max is a larger display and bigger battery. The camera setup will be a change for the iPhone XR successor as the existing model has a single camera on the back.

This sounds familiar, but the newest features may come in the phones' cameras. Currently, the iPhone XR is the only model that doesn't have 3D Touch and instead has Haptic Touch, a feature that uses long-display presses and haptic feedback to evoke new actions.

Despite cutting its sales outlook earlier this month-for the first time in nearly two decades-as demand for its iPhones are expected to slow in China and elsewhere, Apple is planning to release a full line-up of new devices this fall.

While planning for 2019 models "has progressed to a point where major features can not be changed easily", it's not completed, according to people familiar with the matter.

China's "economy began to slow there for the second half", Tim Cook said. The three-camera setup supposedly won't be available on the regular, 5.8-inch iPhone 11, which would also be a major differentiator unlike last year's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max where the hardware was practically the same. The report suggests that Apple may remove 3D Touch from all iPhones.

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