Apple will release two 5G-ready iPhones in 2020, according to analyst

Doris Richards
June 18, 2019

In a research note shared with AnTuTu (via MacRumors), TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed new details about the prospective 2020 smartphone lineup from Apple.

Kuo said he expects just the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones will support 5G.

Meanwhile the 2019 iPhone lineup, which is expected this fall, will rely on Intel 4G modems, despite Intel's move to exit the modem business, as that decision came after the deal to provide the next iPhones with LTE support. But Kuo predicts Apple would shift all of its new iPhone models to have 5G capabilities by 2021. "The companies also have reached a six-year license agreement, effective as of April 1, 2019, including a two-year option to extend, and a multiyear chipset supply agreement", Apple said a statement. The 2020 iPhone XS Max successor will be upgraded from a 6.5-inch display to a slightly larger 6.7-inch screen. The current iPhone XS is the smallest premium iPhone, but it comes with a 5.8-inch display. Kuo reports that Apple's in-house 5G modem will be ready for use by 2022 or 2023, allowing Apple to reduce its dependence on Qualcomm.

According to Kuo, Apple will once again release three iPhone models in 2020, but will make significant changes to the designs of the high-end models. But by 2020, perhaps the prospect of embedding a camera and the necessary sensors beneath the display will be less daunting.

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