Back in June renown Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple will equip two of its 2020 iPhones with 5G modems but now he has updated his predictions and says that all three come with support for the next-generation network.
Following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business, Kuo believes Apple is better suited to develop its 5G iPhones.
In addition Kuo predicts that by the second half of 2020 the price of 5G Android phones expected to start at around $250-350 will force Apple to provide 5G even on its entry-level device.
Moreover, by 2020 consumers will view 5G as a key buying point and Apple will be able to take advantage of the carrier subsidies. Another benefit of 5G devices for Apple is their potential to grow its budding AR ecosystem.
Going into more specifics Kuo claims the first 5G iPhone will come with sub-6GHz functionality instead of the faster mmWave technology. This will help Apple to cut costs in its initial rollout of 5G iPhones. Apple is reportedly planning on using Qualcomm’s modems in its first batch of 5G iPhones despite the Intel chip acquisition and is developing its own modems which could release sometime in 2021.