Well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2020 iPhone lineup will support “true” mmWave 5G, despite an earlier analyst report.
A report last week from analysts at Susquehanna said the 2020 iPhone lineup would only support sub-6GHz 5G. While that form of 5G does offer faster speeds than LTE, along with lower latency, it doesn’t match the super-fast speeds offered by mmWave 5G.
However, Kuo disagrees, as his latest supply supply-chain report specifically says that the new iPhones will support both bands.
We believe that Apple will release new iPhones that support mmWave and Sub-6GHz iPhones at the same time in 2H20. Because 5G iPhones are divided into Sub-6GHz and Sub-6GHz + mmWave models, the complexity of new product development is higher, which is also beneficial to Fuzhikang Group of NRE.
According to our latest survey, the development of the Sub-6GHz + mmWave iPhone is progressing as scheduled, and it is expected to ship at the end of 3Q20 or early 4Q20.
As many as four new iPhone could debut this year, and all four are reported to boast OLED screens, including the replacement for the iPhone 11, which has an LED screen. Also expected is a new time-of-flight 3D depth-sensing rear camera system for AR, and a possible new look for the handsets, with a slab design aesthetic harking back to the iPhone 4 to 5s.
The new look and 5G data capabilities are expected to provide a significant boost to iPhone sales this year, as supply-chain reports suggest Apple is preparing for a 10% increase in sales.