Apple Expected to Release 5.4-Inch and 6.7-Inch iPhones With Thinner Displays in 2020

Apple plans to release 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones with thinner OLED displays in 2020, according to Korea's ETNews.

The report claims the so-called iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models will adopt a Samsung technology called Y-OCTA that allows touchscreen circuitry to be directly patterned on the OLED panel without the need for a separate layer, resulting in a thinner display and lower production costs.

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It's unclear if the thinner display technology would translate to overall thinner iPhones next year. Notably, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are actually slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, respectively, as Apple added larger batteries in this year's devices.

Samsung will supply Y-OCTA displays to Apple for both the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones, while the lower-cost 6.1-inch model will stick with traditional film-based displays supplied by both Samsung and LG, the report adds. Chinese display maker BOE may be out of the running as a supplier for 2020 iPhones.

2020 is expected to be a big year for the iPhone, with rumors pointing to the two new display sizes mentioned above, a redesigned metal frame similar to the iPhone 4, rear-facing 3D sensing, 5G support, and up to 6GB of RAM.

Multiple reports have claimed that Apple eventually plans to release an iPhone with both Face ID and under-screen Touch ID, although it is unclear if the device will arrive in 2020 or 2021. The under-screen Touch ID would potentially allow users to authenticate by holding a finger anywhere on the display.

Apple's plans to release 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch iPhones in 2020 are backed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and others.

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Top Rated Comments

AKS3003 Avatar
17 months ago
5.4” is too small. 6.7” is too big. 6.1” will have compromises. Where do I go?!
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benshive Avatar
17 months ago

Does a thinner display mean thinner phone? Or does it mean more room for a larger battery?

We reached the breaking point (literally) of phone thinness.
iPhones have been getting thicker since the thinnest model which was the 6
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mac Fly (film) Avatar
17 months ago
Virtually no one outside of Apple wants thinner phone. BATTERY LIFE is our main concern.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aleh Avatar
17 months ago
Battery life is already good, make it thinner and lighter. Current phones are chunky as hell.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SliderX5 Avatar
17 months ago
I think we need to stop trying to make everything thinner & lighter. Focus on better and longer battery life, stronger glass, and durability.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
17 months ago
2020 iPhones will be the best selling iPhones since iPhone 6.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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