Last June, the famous and respected analysis from TF International Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo, suggested that Apple may launch three iPhones next year – only top-of-the-line models (successors to the successors of the iPhones XS and XS Max) should support 5G technology – the entry model, successor to the successor to the XR, would have “only” support for 4G / LTE.
However, an important fact that occurred in the last week changed the direction of this analyst’s forecast; As we reported, Apple acquired part of Intel’s modem business, encompassing not only the company’s employees working in the industry, but the technologies and patents on the manufacturer’s chips. With that, Kuo reconsidered that Apple could implement 5G support on all iPhone models to be launched in 2020.
More than the ability to implement technology in its futures gadgets, Kuo also believes that 5G will be a must-have feature for Apple, since entry-level Android devices (which can cost as little as $ 350) are expected to be supported by mid 2020 at the latest – and the Apple will, of course, need to compete.
In this sense, all future models of the Apple smartphone should support the mmWave (faster) and sub-6GHz bands, technologies on which the 5G cell towers in the United States are being installed. In China, however, Apple is expected to launch a specific model with support only for sub-6GHz frequencies – as it did with the iPhones XS and XS Max with a tray for two chips, since the mmWave bands have not yet been implemented there.
As we have already commented, Kuo believes that the 2020 iPhones line will consist of three models: one with a 6.7 inch screen, another with a 6.1 inch screen and, finally, a 5.4 inch screen – all equipped with OLED displays, unlike current models and (probably) this year’s devices, which are expected to include, once again, a device equipped with an LCD screen.