Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst of all things Apple, anticipates that the three iPhones launching in 2020 will feature support for 5G. In a report leaked to MacRumors, Kuo gives three reasons for his prediction.
Firstly, he notes, “Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business.” Secondly, he expects “that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 in [the second half of 2020],” adding, “We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349, will only support sub-6GHz [frequencies].
“But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in [the second half of 2020]. 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.”
Finally, he believes boosting 5G development will boost Apple’s augmented reality ecosystem.
According to MacRumors, Kuo predicts all three new iPhone models will support both mmWave (millimeter wave spectrum) and sub-6GHz frequencies. The two are different-frequency radio signal methods of delivering data. MmWave is delivered at frequencies between 24GHz and 90GHz, while sub-6GHz is self-explanatory. A 5G iPhone that only supports sub-6GHz frequencies would be expected to cost less.
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