Apple’s 2020 iPhones are in the news again post the firm’s Intel modem business purchase. While OnePlus, Huawei and Samsung currently offer 5G versions of their flagship phones, Apple doesn’t offer one at the moment.
According to an investor’s note from Ming-Chi Kuo, the firm is likely to add 5G to its 2020 iPhones. Not just special variant versions of them, but for the base models as well.
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.
Apple’s 2020 iPhones are also expected to bring in AE camera improvements and more. As with any things with such a long outlook, don’t expect these early rumours to be fully reflective of the final product. Apple may yet push it back to 2021 where 5G is ubiquitous. What are iPhone users going to do? Go to another iOS manufacturer?