Apple Analyst Ming-chi-Kuo has updated iPhone notes with the declaration of 2020 iPhones to feature 5G support. The declaration has updated more recent news regarding the iPhone connectivity in the coming year overriding the previous statements.
According to the initial statement of Kuo to MacRumors, two out of the three iPhones to come up in 2020 was supposed to feature 5G but now the Apple wishes to compete with lower-cost Android devices with 5G, it will make all the three models support 5G connectivity. Kuo added that following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business, Apple presently has more resources for developing 5G iPhones in the coming year.
We now believe that all three new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G for the following reasons.
(1) Apple has more resources for developing the 5GiPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business.
(2) We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 USD in 2H20. We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349 USD, will only support Sub-6GHz. But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20. Therefore, iPhone models which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention.
(3) Boosting 5G developments could benefit Apple’s AR ecosystem.”
Mentions Kuo in the list of update.
Apple may have the intention to launch the 5G iPhone, which only supports Sub-6GHz, to gain market share by lowering the cost/price for markets which only support Sub-6GHz (e.g., Chinese market). However, 5G iPhone, which only supports Sub-6GHz and the version which supports mmWave & Sub-6GHz are regarded as different projects even though they share the same form factor design.
Apple has been planning to use modem chips from Qualcomm in its 2020 5G iPhone lineup, even though it has recently acquired Intel’s smartphone modem chip business. Apple is working on its own modem chips, taking the help of the acquired group of members, but that technology isn’t going to be ready until 2021.
Besides being loaded with 5G technology, the 2020 iPhones could be making appearances in new sizes. According to a previously given note, Kuo said that Apple is going to release 5.4 and 6.7-inch high-end iPhones with OLED displays along with a 6.1-inch model with an OLED display. More information will keep surfacing as the dates continue to get closer.