Occasionally deemed the most precise Apple analyst on the planet, Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors that three of the iPhones set to release next year will support the 5G network.
Previously, Kuo suggested that just two of the three iPhones launching in 2020 would support 5G, but due to the influx of high-end androids hitting the market, it seems Apple has decided to provide 5G in all the models. Kuo also revealed that Apple can dedicate more energy into advancing the 5G device since it gained Intel’s smartphone modem chip business.
“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,” according to the report published on MacRumors.
mmWave and Sub-6Ghz
Two separate types of 5G – the mmWave and the Sub-6Ghz spectrum – are anticipated to be supported by all three of the iPhone models for the United States market next year. The mmWave is the quickest 5G, however, it is more appropriate for crowded urban environments, so it will be less frequent in suburban and rural regions where mid-bands and low-bands (Sub-6Ghz 5G) will be established.
While Apple develops its own modem chips to be launched in 2021, they will be using Qualcomm modem chips in their 2020 5G iPhones.