Su shared his prediction in a Forbes column on Apple that lowers the revenue guidance for the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year:
Although we believe Apple will release a redesigned iPhone X in 2019 – with one Less notch, a fingerprint reader (Touch ID) underneath the display and a USB-C port ̵1; it will still lack extensibility (memory card), battery life, lightning fast charging feature and the camera quality of the Android flagship smartphones while they are more expensive.
This is the first Apple rumor we've ever heard from Su, and Forbes the contributor network has published its fair share of dubious content about Apple in recent years, so treat that rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism. Many non-Ming-Chi Kuo analysts just do guesses – and not always educated.
We assume that these features prove to be true, and examine what it would mean for the next iPhone:
- USB-C: For many years, critics believed that Apple would never switch to USB-C on its iOS devices, and then it did exactly that with the 2018 iPad Pro. Will the iPhone follow this year? Serious Supply Chain Publication DigiTimes seems to think so so that Su is not alone in his prediction.
With many of the latest Macs equipped with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports, sharing USB-C connector design, moving from Lightning to USB-C on iPhone would create a primary I / O standard across not just Apple devices, but also hundreds of other electronics.
The Lightning to USB-C switch would almost certainly cause rebellion among at least some Apple customers who had to replace docks, cables and other accessories when Apple switched from a 30-pin dock connector to Lightning back in 2012.
It is also worth considering that Apple has emphasized a wireless future, so one possibility is that the Lightning connector will stick around until there is no contact whatsoever.
- Press ID below the display: This is hard to believe. Face ID is safer than the Touch ID, and acts as Apple's Choice Choice authentication method, starting with the iPhone X and expanding to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR last year.
Kuo agrees and notes that Apple is not going to return to Touch ID in any capacity with its 2019 iPhone lineup in September.
- Less notch: This is probably likely. As the iPhone design continues to evolve, Apple will certainly find ways to reduce the size of the notch, even if it is only a fraction of a millimeter.
It's just January, so we're still early in the rumor around 2019 iPhones. Over time, we should get a clearer picture of what we can expect from more reputable sources such as Kuo. So far we have heard that the next versions may include a three-lens rear camera, facial ID enhancements, slightly thinner screens and more.