05 December 2019
Apple is widely rumored to release 5G iPhones next year with some reports even suggesting that all 2020 iPhone models will offer 5G connectivity. It is safe to say that these new models will cost more but as for an idea of how expensive, Ming-Chi Kuo has published his latest research notes suggesting that 5G iPhone's some internal components could be as high as 35% more expensive.
Kuo has specified that the main logic board on the 5G iPhones will grow by up to 10% in the area. The size will be increased so that it can accommodate all the new technologies with ease. This is an expected change as 5G connectivity requires new types of hardware components including a new antenna technology.
It should be noted that despite more expensive components, it does not mean that next-gen iPhones will also be 35% more expensive. The exact price difference will become clear only when Apple makes an official statement but if we talk about competitors, Samsung is charging about $400 more for the 5G variant of the standard premium flagship.
Apple's 5G iPhones are reported to feature a 5nm processor along with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G modem. These are also expected to feature a new design with glass and metallic frames. The new design is said to be somewhat similar to what we saw with the iPhone 4. This change of design and materials are also likely to contribute to the increased pricing.