New Report Says Apple’s Entire 2020 iPhone Lineup Will Be 5G Capable
Talk of whether Apple will launch new iPhones with 5G in 2020 has so far revolved around a June quote from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, where he said that Apple would launch three handsets in 2020, two of which would offer 5G connectivity. Now that he believes that all three will be 5G-capable.
The original belief was that Apple would sell 5G versions of its two highest end iPhones next year, with the iPhone XR equivalent remaining 4G-only.
However, now that Apple has picked up Intel’s cellular modem business, Kuo believes that the company will be able to role 5G out to all devices sooner than previously expected.
Apple is also likely to have its hand forced. The belief is that many inexpensive Android phones will also tout 5G by the time the 2020 iPhones are available, leaving the iPhone as the odd one out. By bringing 5G to all iPhones that are released next year Kuo will level the playing field somewhat.
Kuo also said that the 5G iPhones will offer both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G bands in order to allow the iPhones to work with a wider range of cell towers that are in use across the United States. Despite that, a sub-6GHz-only model is also said to be in the works for sale in China.
Apple is expected to launch three iPhones in 2020 with 6.7-inch, 5.4-inch, and 61-inch screens. All are also set to use OLED screens for improved battery life and image fidelity.