If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then all the three iPhones being launched in 2020 will support 5G. The information comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via MacRumors. Kuo had originally said that two of the three iPhones that would be launched in 2020 would support 5G. But he now believes that Apple will offer 5G on all models. This will be done to better compete with lower-cost 5G Android smartphones. Kuo says that after the Intel acquisition, Apple has more resources for developing the 5G iPhone.
Kuo says, “We now believe that all three new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G for the following reasons. (1) Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business. (2) We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 USD in 2H20. We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349 USD, will only support Sub-6GHz. But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20. Therefore, iPhone models which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers' purchase intention. (3) Boosting 5G developments could benefit Apple's AR ecosystem.”
The iPhones are expected to support the sub-6GHz 5G found worldwide. The 2020 iPhones are also expected to come in new sizes. Kuo said that Apple would release 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch iPhones with OLED displays. The 2019 iPhones are expected to be announced in September 2019.
On April 26, Apple confirmed its acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Apple and Intel have signed an agreement for Apple to acquire “the majority” of Intel’s smartphone modem business. The deal, which is valued at $1 billion, is expected to be closed in the fourth quarter of 2019, Apple said. The transaction, however, is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, including works council and other relevant consultations in certain jurisdictions. You can read more about the acquisition here.