According to new rumours and new market analysis, if Apple could produce its own iPhone 5G by the end of 2020, it could grab the most significant slice of the market.
The first iPhone 5G will arrive at the end of 2020, and this is not big news since several sources have anticipated the presence of the new feature. The iPhone-makers of the next generation will probably use a Qualcomm modem for connectivity to next-gen networks and, according to some rumours previously revealed by the reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, all the iPhones in the new range will have support for 5G.
The analyst recently revealed more details on the iPhone 2020s regarding compatibility with next-generation networks.
Kuo believes that iPhone models with 5G mmWave support will represent 15-20% of sales of all new iPhones in regards to the second half of 2020, and which will also support the sub-6GH z bands, indispensable for operation with the existing 5G towers in the USA.
In the note addressed to investors, Kuo also speaks of the implementation of a Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antenna, a technology already used on other iPhones from 2017 to today, but not on all models of the current line-up.
With the new line-up, 75% of the models sold by Apple could make use of the original design for the antennas, a number in noticeable increase compared to today’s 50%. The advantages are different, both for the 5G and for the connectivity in general: the new antennas allow on the card a lower loss of signal in any environmental condition, even in the presence of high or shallow temperatures.
The increase in the adoption of LCP antennas will be due not only to the introduction of the technology on the new models but to the disappearance in the line-up of iPhone 7 and iPhone XR, models – both – that do not use antennas of this type.
In short, Apple’s goal is probably to capture the top spot in the 5G smartphone market by the end of 2020, an intention that according to Strategy Analytics could take place despite the late arrival of the Cupertino giant in the new booming business.
Other manufacturers have already proposed their solutions with 5G modems, but current models are far too extreme in different areas, and fact not very useful. To date, 5G networks are not widespread, and operators offer little value compared to traditional ones.