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This week in Apple: The best-selling iPhone this year isn't from this year

Interestingly, the iPhone that outsold all others each and every quarter of 2019 isn't actually from 2019.

Published onDecember 27, 2019

Apple iPhone XR official render

This week in Apple news we found out about the best-selling iPhone of 2019. Interestingly, the iPhone that outsold all others each and every quarter of 2019 isn’t actually from 2019.

In other Apple news, we found out about how many AirPods Apple is expected to sell in 2020, the first supposed case design for the 2020 iPhones, a rumor that future iPhones could feature OIS on the ultra-wide cameras, and a first look at the 2020 iPad.

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.

The top Apple news stories of the past week:

  • The best-selling iPhone of 2019 is the iPhone XR: Although the latest-and-greatest iPhones are in the iPhone 11 series, the iPhone XR from 2018 is the best-selling iPhone of the year. According to Counterpoint Research, the iPhone XR sold better than any other iPhone every quarter of 2019.
  • Alleged iPhone 12 case shows squared-off sides: Remember how the iPhone 4 started the trend of squared-off sides on iPhones? Looks like that design could be coming back, at least according to this alleged leaked iPhone 12 case.
  • Apple iPad renders show off similar squared-off design: Reliable source @OnLeaks (via iGeeksBlog) published some very legit-looking renders of the 2020 iPads. They feature the same squircle rear camera module as the iPhone 11 series as well as the squared-off sides we expect on the 2020 iPhones. See the images here.
  • Apple on track to sell 85 million AirPods in 2020: Noted analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein estimates that Apple made $6 billion in revenue from AirPods alone in 2019. Sacconaghi estimates Apple could sell 85 million AirPods in 2020, which would generate around $15 billion revenue.
  • Optical image stabilization could come to ultra-wide iPhone lenses: iPhone 11 Pro models feature OIS but only when using the wide-angle or telephoto lenses. Allegedly, in 2020, Apple could bring OIS to ultra-wide lenses, which would open up many new photographic opportunities.
  • City employees in San Francisco can use iPhones again: A law in San Francisco forbids the use of facial recognition technology, which technically barred employees from using iPhones. This was an unfortunate oversight and has now been corrected, so employees can use iPhones again (not that many of them ever stopped).

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