We are now at the Q3 of 2019 and sooner around September, we can expect Apple to launch the most anticipated iPhone XI (iPhone 11). However, this year we are expecting Apple to launch three new model iPhones. Sadly, these iPhones will not be supporting 5G yet. Most of Apple’s competitor’s smartphone is already supporting 5G currently. Next week, Samsung is ready to unveil the Galaxy Note 10 in New York.
Previously, when there is a 4G network, Apple took its own sweet time to launch iPhone which supports 4G. The reason is Apple feels its better to wait for the coverage of 4G or 5G to improve. Once the network is stable then they prefer to launch their own 5G devices. Today we have news from one of China analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo says all 2020 iPhones will be supporting 5G.
This is not the first time he says iPhone will be supporting 5G in 2020. Before this, he tells in a note stating that out of three 2020 iPhone models will support 5G connectivity. Now, he adds that all three models will be supporting 5G connectivity.
WE NOW BELIEVE THAT ALL THREE NEW 2020 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.
Apart from that, the analyst also says Apple could be developing two types of 5G iPhones in 2020. The first model should be supporting mmWave and Sub-6GHz and the other model will only support Sub-6GHz.
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.
Last week, Apple confirms its interest to acquire Intel’s 5G model business for $1 billion (RM4,119,450,000.00). Looks like, Apple might not be using the Intel’s 5G modem yet for the next year iPhones. However, Apple most likely to continue with Qualcomm 5G chips instead.
In conclusion, Apple will be unveiling their next-generation iPhone on September. We will be covering the live updates during the launch event. Do follow our live blog for more updates. Do you think Apple will be introducing 5G support for its next iPhones in 2020? Share us your opinion on the comment section down below.