Apple‘s iPhone 2020 lineup is rumored to be supporting the 5G network.
Earlier in June when Ming-Chi Kuo, the best Apple analyst from KGI Securities revealed that Apple is going to release three new iPhone models in 2020. According to Kuo, two of the new model will be supporting the latest and the most promising network 5G. Kou then released another report in July saying that all three of the models will support 5G.
The leak reported to MacRumors says, “We now believe that all three new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G for the following reasons. (1) Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone 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.”
2020 iPhones will feature OLED displays with a 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch and a 6.7-inch screen size. The 6.1 inch iPhone model is clearly the successor of the iPhone XR. Kou also stated that Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem gives the tech giant more resources to support 5G models.
Kou also believed that the 2020 iPhone models will support mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. “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,” the leaked report stated.
Speaking of the sub-6GHz version of 5G, Kou said most Android phones will support this version but not the mmWave Version which is said to be the ‘fastest 5G” offering. This will make iPhone prices higher than other models.
“The key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20,” Kou stated. “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,” he added.
Apple will still be depending on Qualcomm‘s chips in its 2020 iPhones while still working on its own modem chip.