The iPhone 2020 could see their design largely inspired by that of the iPhone 4. A return to the lines of this iconic design has been a leitmotiv for several generations. Ming Chi Kuo details at least two arguments in favor of a major redesign.

The design of the iPhone 4, perfected on the iPhone 5 and 5S is undoubtedly one of the most significant in the history of iPhone. And logically, in the period before each launch of iterations, we are almost always entitled to predictions and other renderings that evoke a model returning to an iPhone 4 design. With the release of the iPhone X, for example, many sources were expecting a redesign of the iPhone SE (currently under an iPhone 4 design) with a borderless OLED display and FaceID.

But now: while we expected, with the iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max to a real change in depth design, we finally have a generation that looks a lot like the previous iteration. So, with a design used three times in a row, we do not get too wet predicting behind our keyboard, from this single data, that the design of the iPhone that will be launched in 2020 will indeed be profoundly different.

And of course, analyst Ming Chi Kuo – who works for TF International Securities today – comes to the same conclusion in a note to investors. But he goes further and does not hesitate to give details on this new design, materials and manufacturing methods that Apple is about to use. We learn in his note, whose good sheets are taken by Macrumors, that the next iPhone will offer “a new metal chassis with a more complex design and segmentation, new methods of shearing and injection molding, and a part in sapphire or glass.

And to add: “we predict that the design of the new iPhone of the 2nd half of 2020 will change profoundly […] the metal frame and the glass 2 / 2,5D are always used at the front is at the back, but the surface of this chassis will change to adopt a design similar to the iPhone 4 “. One could at this stage smile at this prediction. But Ming Chi Kuo still has some arguments. First the design of the latest iPad Pro that actually evokes that of the iPhone 4.

But there are other considerations: the methods required for this design can reduce, among other things, the harmful effects of metal on the efficiency of the high frequency transceiver of the smartphone. Something likely very important for iPhones that should offer 5G connectivity.