A new report confirms that all new iPhone models released in 2020 will ship with 5G support. The iPhones will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz in the United States while a special model with just sub-6GHz support might be created for China.
As per a report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on adding 5G to the iPhone line-up as soon as 2020. This will complete the check list for premium smartphone requirements, specially at the price range where Apple sells iPhones. It is widely expected that most Android phones, even cheaper ones, will have 5G by then, so a premium phone like iPhone should have this feature too.
The company will add support for mmWave and sub-6GHz bands to 2020 iPhones to be sold in the United States. The company is also considering reduced cost iPhone models for China, which would only have support for sub-6GHz bands but this plan might change.
In 2020, all iPhones are expected to ship with a new design with screen sizes 6.7-inch, 5.4-inch, and 6.1-inch. All models will also move to OLED displays, which includes the XR variant. Apple is also investing time and money in MicroLED so it is possible that they in the next few years, they might jump to it.
It is common knowledge by now that Apple has been working on adding 5G to future iPhones. The whole issue with Apple and Qualcomm’s out-of-court settlement and Intel moving out of the smartphone modem business was due to the company’s focus on getting 5G to their products, as soon as possible. To this effect, Apple recently announced that they would be acquiring Intel’s smartphone modem business, which includes 17,000 patents and 2,000 employees. Intel would still work on their non-smartphone modems, while Apple would be using the tech to developer 5G modems for iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch. It is expected that Apple would be able to use their in-house 5G modems earliest by 2022.
For this year, Apple would be adding features like improved Haptic Touch, Smart Frame camera, three cameras and A13 chip to its 2019 iPhone lineup. 2019 iPhones will have the same displays sizes and variants as 2018’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR models.