Three 2020 iPhones will Support 5G, Apple Analyst Says
Back when the hype surrounding 5G started to come to light, Apple came right out and said that they wouldn’t be hopping on the bandwagon just yet. Apple CEO Tim Cook cautioned us not to expect a 5G ready iPhone until at least 2020. Well now we’re more than halfway through 2019, and according to top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, the next fleet of iPhones set to launch in 2020 is likely to support 5G.
Kuo listed three reasons he believes the iPhones will be 5G ready by next year in a note he shared with investors, obtained by MacRumors:
- Apple’s acquisition of Intel has provided them with greater resources for developing the 5G iPhone.
- Prices of 5G Android smartphones are expected to drop.
- “Boosting 5G developments could benefit Apple’s AR ecosystem.”
Despite Apple’s recent acquisition of Intel, the tech company allegedly plans to use Qualcomm’s chips in its 2020 5G-iPhone lineup, with plans to use it's own chips by 2021. All three new iPhone models will support both mmWave and Sub-6GHz spectrum, Kuo believes. An iPhone that supports only Sub-6Ghz would offer a more competitive price, but Kuo is hesitant to fully support the idea.
“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),” Kuo says. “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.”
Originally Kuo was under the impression that only two of the three forthcoming iPhones would the technology, but he now believes the entire lineup will be 5G capable. He also predicts that the phones may be available in new sizes including a 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch with the newer OLD screens found on Apple’s iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS.