Apple’s 2020 iPhones will all come with 5G

Ming-Chi Kuo All three 2020 iPhones will have 5G

(1) Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business. However, that will take time and it's likely Apple will make use of its six-year contract with Qualcomm to get smartphone modems for the 2020 iPhones. "The key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20", he writes. Like a year ago, there will three iPhones (iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11R). For instance, Apple's four-year old music streaming service still lags Spotify.

We predict that three new 2H20 iPhone models will all be equipped with front Face ID, and two of the new models will provide rear ToF.

Apple's 2018 iPhones include the XR and XS models.

5G functionality aside, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently issued a new investor note (via MacRumors) claiming that two of Apple's iPhone models in 2020 will incorporate time-of-flight camera sensors which will able to determine how far away objects in a room are.

Apple on Tuesday reported surprisingly strong quarterly results, which the company said reflects its improvements in its iPhone models.

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The best part of the aforementioned report is that 5G Android smartphones are also expected to become quite affordable in the second half of 2020, with prices starting at US$249, so all higher-priced devices will have to offer this feature as well.

An important thing to note here is those Android phones won't support both mmWave and sub-6Ghz bands, while the next year iPhones will - at least the US models. "So iPhones, which are generally more expensive than Android alternatives, will have to be 5G-capable to "[win] more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers' purchase intention".

Originally published at 2:00 p.m. PT. Update at 2:34 p.m. PT: Adds background on Apple and 5G, and more details from Kuo's report.

"However, 5G iPhone, which only supports sub-6GHz, and the version which supports mmWave and sub-6GHz are regarded as different projects even though they share the same form factor design".

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