Apple's iPhone 2019 plan: Play catch-up with Android

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Offering what sound like iterative updates in 2019 could prove to be a controversial decision on Apple's part, explains the report. The deal required customers to trade in an iPhone 7 Plus, a high-end handset from two years earlier.

"We think 2019 could be the past year the iPhone uses the iPhone X design architecture, in preparation for initial hardware specs for 5G (sub-6GHz) and AR (augmented reality), before greater architecture upgrades in 2020F for 5G and a more comprehensive AR system", she added.

According to The Wall Street Journal, who cited people familiar with the matter, Apple is planning to release three new iPhone models, including a successor to the struggling XR, its lower priced device released past year that has failed to meet sales expectations.

Apple is reportedly adding a three-camera setup to the most expensive iPhone device this year, which will likely be called the iPhone 11 Max.

Suning will start selling the 64GB iPhone XR for 5,699 yuan (around $845/£660/AU$1,170), while it remains 6,499 yuan ($963/£752/AU$1,333) on Apple's Chinese site, according to Reuters.

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Apple plans to release a successor to the iPhone XR that will also use an LCD screen and be priced at the lower end of the lineup, according to the report. This means the 2019 flagship iPhones will be differentiated in more than size, unlike the 2019 iPhone XS series, which featured the exact same camera systems on both the regular and Max model.

A few days ago we saw some renders of Apple's triple rear camera system based on prototypes of the iPhone XI.

However, Apple's most recent range of iPhones - the Xr, Xs and Xs Max - have failed to ignite the smartphone market. Apple's branding has been a mess as of late, so it's all very fuzzy.

However, for 2020, Apple will fully switch to the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, display for iPhones, thereby completely dropping the LCD model, the report said.

Customers gather as they take part in a class to learn how to use their iPhones at an Apple Store on January 7, 2019 in Beijing, China. And with iPhone sales declining, you can be sure there will be a bunch of ridiculous rumours to build up hype for the next iPhones.

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