So there is a lot riding on this year's range of iPhones, which is now expected to include three devices including a follow-up to the relatively affordable iPhone XR.
The new three-camera setup will likely shift Apple's primary focus to the camera-related features on the most expensive iPhone this year, which would help the company compete with its Android competitors. Due to disappointing sales of the iPhone XR the company may have wanted to switch fully to OLED earlier, but apparently its 2019 plans can't now easily be altered, as they've been in the pipeline for months.
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The problem is that even if Apple now wanted to pivot away from releasing an iPhone with an LCD display, it's likely too late in the planning cycle for Apple to make any significant changes.
It's important to clarify that at this point in the production timeline, Apple likely already can not change major features for the 2019 models, but the phones are still not finalized by any means, so other changes are possible.
As the new year kicks off, we already have rumors swirling about the next round of iPhones to come from Apple. "Beefing up functional value, like expanding camera features, isn't attractive because everyone else is doing the exact same thing".More news: We do not support inappropriate comments: Virat Kohli
Apple is planning to add extra cameras to its next range of iPhones as it seeks to tap growing demand for advanced smartphone photography systems, particularly in Asia.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple will continue with the three iPhone models release in 2019, citing people familiar with the matter. That led Apple to aggressively market the iPhone XR on its website for $449, about $300 less than its official sticker price.
China's "economy began to slow there for the second half", Tim Cook said. It's possible that Haptic Touch will extend to all iPhone models if Apple gets rid of 3D Touch entirely.More news: China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side