Next iPhone model to return to iPhone 4-like design and support 5G, analyst claims
- The shift from Apple to 5G is likely to come with a significant change in form factor.
- The design can add up to 50 percent to Apple's production costs.
- Apple expects to ship 85 million copies of the 2020 model of the iPhone.
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are less than two weeks out, but there are already rumors about what is in store for next year's update.
In a new research note, picked up by MacRumors, Ming Chi-Kuo of Hong Kong-based TF International Securities says the 2020 version of the iPhone will offer an important new form factor reminiscent of the iPhone 4.
Next year's smartphone would have an external, segmented aluminum frame, no different than the chunkier rectangular frame used on the current iPad Pro.
Released in 2010, the iPhone 4 introduced a popular new form factor and some unfortunate connection problems.
The move is expected Probably shift from Apple to 5G networks in 2020, which is claimed to be powered by Qualcomm modem technology.
5G connections promise to make almost direct downloads possible and have already been to the US via the Samsung Galaxy S10-5G and LG V50 5G models released in June.
iPHONE 5G HANDSET
Will have a new metal frame design.
The first Apple product that connects to 5G.
Ships 5.4 inch and 6.7 inch models.
Production costs can increase by 50%.
Will use Qualcomm's 5G modems.
Expected to send 85 million at launch.
Similar to the current iPad Pro design.
The iconic design of the iPhone 4 caused a number headache originally for the company. When held in a certain way, users can inadvertently bridge the two separate antennas & # 39; & # 39; – WiFi and Bluetooth on the left and mobile on the right – which causes signal interference and lost calls.
According to Kuo, Apple has experimented with a number of ways to ensure that the latest model does not suffer from the same responsiveness issues, including the use of sapphire or tempered glass around the phone's grooves.
These measures can add up to 50 percent to the company's production costs for the frame.
It is unclear whether those costs will affect the sales price of Apple devices, the prices of which have risen considerably since the release of the iPhone 4.
The current price range starts at $ 699 for a standard iPhone 11 to $ 1099 for an iPhone Pro Max.
In 2010, an unlocked 16 GB iPhone 4 went for $ 599 when it was launched in 2010, while an improved 32 GB version went for $ 699.
Last year's 3G model was discounted to $ 499 and offered as a cheap option.
The just-released iPhone 11 series was the most expensive from Apple to date, with the iPhone Pro Max of 512 GB costing $ 1449.
According to Kuo, Apple expects that the demand for the new devices will be considerably higher than this year's model. Early estimates suggest that the company plans to ship 85 million units of the 5G models, compared to 75 million units of this year's models.
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