14 January 2020
It is speculated many times before, thanks to the insights of some analysts that Apple will finally make a push in 5G next year. Going by some predictions from the very renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch its first iPhone with 5G next year. He even believes that all the iPhone models coming next year will be 5G-enabled.
Going by more of his predictions, we now have a report stating that the 5G iPhone models will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. This will allow the iPhone to interoperate well with the 5G cell towers installed across the United States.
According to his new investor note obtained by the press media,
We expect that the shipment allocation of iPhone models that support 5G mmWave will account for 15–20% of the total shipments of new 2H20 iPhone models. This will benefit LCP FPC usage a lot, given the 5G mmWave iPhone uses three LCP FPC units (vs. other iPhone models’ single LCP FPC unit).
The investor note also reflects Apple may use an improved antenna design. This could be the adoption of LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer) antenna design that Apple used first in the iPhone X but didn’t continue with it. The LCP antenna design causes very loss and performs consistently across different temperatures. This could be a good option for 5G technology which is going to become a rave next year.
Kuo also predicts that the shipment allocation of iPhone models equipped with LCP FPC will increase to 70-75% in 2020 from 45-50% in 2019.
Kuo has been predicting things about the upcoming iPhone models and we are eager to learn more from his insights.