Recently, we reported that Apple acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business in a $1 billion deal. The acquisition means that the Cupertino-based company will have more resources for developing its future 5G iPhones. However, Apple-made modem chips are not expected to be ready until 2021. Previous reports pointed out at two 5G iPhones in the pipeline for 2020, and now a new report suggests that all three versions could come with 5G compatibility.
Last month, notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had reported that the only premium 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone models would come with 5G connectivity. Now as per a new report, Kuo expects all three 2020 iPhones to be 5G-ready in order to compete with affordable 5G Android phones. He states that “Apple has more resources for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business.”. Kuo also expects 5G Android phones to get cheaper in 2020.
Kuo further speculated that the 2020 iPhones will support both mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz spectrum versions of 5G with the former technology offering faster speeds. mmWave technology is more suited to denser, urban areas while sub-6GHz will be employed in rural and suburban areas. However, it is unclear whether a 5G iPhone with only sub-6GHz at a lower price will be launched in the Chinese market.
Apple recently settled a legal dispute with Qualcomm and it’s likely that the former will make use of its six-year contract with the chipset maker to get smartphone modems for the 2020 iPhones. The 2020 lineup will include 5.4-inch, 6.7-inch and 6.1-inch iPhones.
Meanwhile, the 2019 iPhones are expected to be unveiled by the end of September.