iPhone 2019: What we hope to see in the most important Apple product
The days when Apple’s luck was totally tied to the iPhone are over. Among iPads, Macs, HomePod, Apple TV and Apple Watches, not to mention a fast-growing service business, Apple’s most famous product is not necessarily the only one that matters.
But it’s still the most important product in Apple’s portfolio. It has the most cultural significance, the broadest reach, the greatest prestige, and is, for most people, the entry point into Apple’s all-important ecosystem.
The iPhone XS was a predictable model “S” phone, taking the design and the key features of the previous year and improving camera performance and quality. By 2019, Apple is expected to go further.
An even more powerful neural motor
It is likely that the iPhone in 2019 will come with a new A-series processor, which Apple will probably call A13. Apple’s manufacturing partners will almost certainly not be ready with the new 5nm manufacturing process in time for next year’s iPhone – TSMC expects to make 5nm chips for partners like Apple in 2020.
That means another chip built in the same 7nm process. There probably will not be any big jumps in performance and battery life, but Apple will probably increase the transistor count and provide a bigger, more powerful chip.
It is expected that, just as happened with the A12, Apple will give the neural engine much of the new chip. This is the part of the chip specializing in machine learning processing and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, which increasingly influence everything Apple does. It’s a big part of Siri, the camera application, the Photos app, Augmented Reality and more. Developers can use CoreML to drive the Neural Mechanism and run their own machine learning code faster.
É uma grande parte do Siri, o aplicativo da câmera, o aplicativo Fotos, Realidade Aumentada e muito mais. Os desenvolvedores podem usar o CoreML para conduzir o Mecanismo Neural e executar seu próprio código de aprendizado de máquina mais rapidamente.
The A13 could double the performance of the A12’s neural motor, from 5 trillion operations per second to 10 trillion. The CPU and GPU are already much faster than the competition, they do not need a boost. But as AI and machine learning become more and more the core of iOS and its applications and services, acceleration of the Neural Engine can have a big impact.
A better camera
Every iPhone has a better camera than the previous one. This is true from the first model and will not stop so soon.
But it’s time for Apple to do more than just improve image processing. A third lens on the back, perhaps a wide-angle lens, could allow for some interesting new options for computer photography, as well as simply giving iPhone users another way to take photos. An additional wide-angle camera in the front can be even more useful – it’s taking selfies that people seem to have more difficulty in getting everything they want in the frame.
But apart from the new hardware, Apple has to really break all the stops with new photo software features. The new Google Night View mode is a perfect example of the kind of experimental feature iPhone users would love to play. Nvidia’s technology for generating slow-motion images from regular images is the kind of feature that would perfectly match the powerful Neural Mechanism in the latest Apple chips.
A second-generation TrueDepth module
In the iPhone XS, Face ID is faster than iPhone X. This is mainly due to improvements in the speed of the secure enclave and the Neural Engine. The TrueDepth module itself has not really been improved.
A second-generation TrueDepth hardware module would be welcome. It’s probably too much to expect it to magically decrease to the size that would fit on the small panel of the iPhone X without a notch, but could work better at its current size. It should work with the phone facing any orientation, as it happens in the new iPad Pro. It should be more reliable in more lighting conditions, including those where there is a bright light behind (use the Facial ID with the midday overload sometimes can be a challenge). The viewing angle should be a bit wider, so it works with the phone resting on the next table.
Switch to USB-C
Macs are loaded via USB-C, iPhones and iPads by Lightning. But the new iPad Pro has switched to USB-C, so the division “USB-C is for Macs and Lightning for iOS” is out of sync.
It’s time to unify the system. Apple All-in with USB-C on the Mac, since it does not put any other port on Mac laptops and the iMacs have plenty of USB-C ports. Just make everyone’s life easier and swap the Lightning over USB-C on all iPhones and iPads.
A larger battery
Apple could make a new iPhone just a millimeter thicker. That would take 8.7 millimeters, less than half a millimeter thicker than the iPhone XR! It would still look ultra-premium, and the user can even get rid of the impact of