If you’ve been keeping up with Apple rumors over the last few years you’ll be very aware of Ming-Chi Kuo, and the analyst has released a new report in which he says that he expects a new antenna technology to be used in next year’s iPhone lineup.
That new technology will see Modified PI (MPI) be used in replacement of Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) which will make up the antenna technology used in the 2019 Phones.
According to Kuo’s report, the more complicated production process as well as a position of weakness when negotiating deals will see Apple make the move from LCP to MPI, although the former will still make an appearance in the devices. It just won’t be used for bulk of the antenna systems.
This leads Kuo to believe that both LCP and MPI antennae will be used in the new iPhones for 2019, across all three iPhone sizes; 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.1-inch iPhone models. With the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR including six antennae, it is expected that next year’s iPhone will see four MPI and two LCP antennae used, reducing LCP usage by at least 70% year-on-year.
With the market apparently of the belief that the switch to 5G will see LCP grown increase, the road to 5G adoption will see both LCP and MPI “coexist” for the time being, at least while the transition to 5G gets underway.
As for the iPhones themselves, Ku expects that we will see a similar lineup to 2018, with two OLED iPhones at 5.8-inches and 6.5-inches separated by an LCD model at 6.1-inches in display size.
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