For most people 5G internet is still a distant dream. However, if we are to believe noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, then two of the three iPhones Apple will release next year will be 5G compatible for the first time the analyst said in a research note. Mr. Kuo’s research report suggests that Apple intends to release three iPhones with OLED panels in 2020 which is a repeat of a claim made in an earlier piece published by DigiTimes.
For iPhone fans wanting a 5G device, they will need to purchase either the 5.4-inch model or the 6.7-inch version. The 6.1-inch model will still only be compatible with LTE the research note says. To put things in a clearer context, Apple is using the same strategy as it did last year which is to release two high-end models such as the XS and XS Max and a less expensive model such as the XR. The sizes predicted end up being accurate it means the successor to the XS will be a little smaller whilst the successor to the XS Max will be a little larger.
Ending legal disputes
The successor to the XR is predicted to be the same size and if the predictions hold and iPhone fans end up with the ability to access 5G networks in 2020, they will be able to take advantage of crazy network speeds in markets which have deployed 5G. The ability to manufacture 5G iPhones by next year is only possible thanks to Apple recently settling a legal dispute with Qualcomm. Legal hostilities between the two tech giants ended in April with both companies agreeing to collaborate once again.
Apple will eventually make its own modems
Qualcomm has the best 5G modem technology presently so naturally Apple is keen to take advantage of it and that has meant former partner Intel exited the industry after the settlement was agreed. Mr Kuo’s research note also suggests that every iPhone model released in 2021 would support 5G. He also thinks that a few years after that, Apple will probably have the ability to make its own 5G modems and will no longer have to depend on Qualcomm for its technology. Hopefully by that point 5G will be as ubiquitous as 4G is now.