14 October 2019
Apple’s iPhone 2019 set of models aren’t out even and we are seeing the reports of upcoming iPhones circulating on the internet already. However, this isn’t the first time that the analysts and market watchers are predicted something for the 2020 models and even for those coming in 2021. There have been several reports available already and now the newest postulation by the very known Ming-Chi Kuo isn't putting out anything new or something which we can’t foresee.
According to an investor note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo has mentioned that Apple will continue to release three models of its new iPhones in 2020 but unlike this time, all these models will include the OLED display panels. The analyst says these three models include two high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models with OLED displays and a lower-end 6.1-inch model with an OLED display. This isn’t something new we are reporting as a report from DigiTimes stated the same a few months back.
Kuo further said that the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models will support 5G, while the 6.1-inch model will support up to LTE in 2020. Also, Qualcomm is still expected to be Apple’s primary supplier of 5G modems, with RF power amplifiers supplied by Broadcom as part of an agreement with Apple. But by 2021, all the models will support the 5G and by 2022 to 2023, Apple will bring its own 5G modem so as to reduce the dependency on Qualcomm.
Well, looking at some recent incidents, it’s unlikely to see a 5G phone in 2020. Apple is reportedly still in talks for potential acquisitions to start its work on 5G modems. A very recent report from The Information stated that Apple is looking to acquire part of Intel’s smartphone modem business which could help it to develop a modem for its own devices. But a report came in April stated that the Cupertino-based company is already testing Qualcomm’s 5G modems and the first iPhone 5G model will come in the next year. So, the latest report does go in line with what Kuo has said. But there have been mixed speculations, so let’s wait for rigid reports.