Bloomberg: 5G iPhones to offer flat edges and thinner notch, smaller HomePods and AirTags also available this year

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Apple’s new iPhone line-up will add 5G to as many as four new models, at least two of which will have flat stainless steel edges and a flat screen, similar in design to its latest iPads, reports Bloomberg this morning.

The successors to this year’s iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be joined by two low-end models to replace the iPhone 11. At least the two high-end devices will have flat stainless steel edges at place of the current curved design. like more rounded corners like the iPad Pro introduced in 2018. Recalling the design of the ‌iPhone‌ 5, the new handsets will have flat screens rather than sloping edges on current models, said people asking not to be identified because the plans are not Public.

The report adds further weight to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s expectation that some of Apple’s 2020 iPhones will include a square-edged stainless steel frame. Apple has adopted a similar design for the ‌iPad Pro‌ 2018, which has a more industrial band on the sides compared to previous models.

Today’s report also corroborates rumors that Apple is adding a 3D camera to the “iPhone” and aims to reduce the size of the notch at the top of the screen that houses the TrueDepth camera. Recently leaked images would represent the image of the iPhone 12 with a notch about 1/3 smaller than the current notch, in addition to a redesigned rear camera assembly.

Rumors suggest that some of the new iPhone‌ models coming in 2020 will include the LiDAR Scanner functionality that Apple has added to the 2020 ‌ iPad Pro‌ models, which will be used to enhance future augmented reality experiences.

At least some of the new iPhones could launch several weeks later than normal, but still in the typical fall window, according to Bloombergsources. Apple has reportedly failed to notify suppliers of significant delays, and the company’s engineers are scheduled to travel to China and finalize product design in May.

BloombergThe report also reiterates rumors that Apple is developing a smaller, cheaper version of its HomePod smart speaker for release this year, as well as so-called tile-style “Apple Tags” that will allow users to follow real life objects. Based on the assets found in iOS 13.2 and details of trademarks unearthed by MacRumors, Apple appears to be considering calling its tracking accessory “AirTag”.

Apple is also working on a new version of MacBook Pro, Apple TV, updated economic iPads and a new iMac, people familiar with its product roadmap informed the media.

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