Apple to revert to iPhone 4 design as inspiration for 2020 iPhone

A new render by Ben Geskin shows what a 2020 iPhone might look like. (Source: @BenGeskin)
A new render by Ben Geskin shows what a 2020 iPhone might look like. (Source: @BenGeskin)
Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the 2020 iPhone will draw inspiration from the iPhone 4 with its squared off and flat design. The possibility rings true given the 2018 iPad Pro redesign also adopts a similar design approach to what Kuo suggests. Regardless, the 2020 will be certain to feature the first all-new iPhone design in three years.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

TF International Securities analyst and well-known Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note highlighting the expected design changes in store for the 2020 iPhone line. Kuo has previously revealed, as expected, that the 2020 models will get the first full redesign in three years. However, this time around Kuo points to the iPhone 4 as a possible design inspiration with the rounded off corners of the current models replaced by a squared off stainless steel band.

Kuo’s prediction seems plausible given that the 2018 iPad Pro redesign also features a similar squared off edge instead of the curved approach used in previous iPad designs. Kuo doesn’t expect any Samsung-esque curved displays and believes that Apple will continue with the current front and rear 2/2/5F glass. However, he expects to see "a more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection molding structure."

Other rumors for the 2020 iPhone point to a Qualcomm-sourced 5G chip and all-OLED panels for the three models, including for the base iPhone 11 sequel which currently uses an LCD panel. The two high-end replacements for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are expected change their screen sizes as well. The current 5.8-inch Pro will shrink to 5.4-inches while the Pro Max will grow from 6.5-inches to 6.7-inches. As a result of the design changes, Kuo expects all to ship 85 million iPhones in 2020 versus his current forecast of 75 million iPhone shipments for 2019.

The iPhone 4 was released in 2010. (Source: Apple)
The iPhone 4 was released in 2010. (Source: Apple)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-09-26 (Update: 2019-09-26)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.