As networks start rolling out 5G networks around the world, telephone manufacturers begin rolling out phones that have access to them. It is generally expected that Apple will roll out a 5G-compatible phone in 2020, and now one new report suggests that all three of the company's phones support 5G.
Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted that next year's 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone models would support 5G, while a third, a cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone XR successor only would have access to LTE networks. Kuo has now issued a new report, and MacRumors says he has revised that prediction: all three iPhone models support 5G. He notes that "Apple has more resources to develop the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel base band activities," and that the price of Android 5G phones will fall.
Although the report just days after Apple announced it acquired a "majority" of Intel & # 39; s modem business for $ 1 billion, MacRumors says that the company is not yet completely ready to switch from Qualcomm, and that it is will probably not be until 2021 before it can use its own version.
Kuo notes that he expects that most Android phones will support the sub-6GHz version of 5G, but not the mmWave version, which offers more speed. "The key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20," he writes. "Therefore, iPhone models sold at higher prices must support 5G in order to get more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers' purchase intent." In essence, Apple is guessing that its customers want to be able to take advantage of the wide range of 5G networks and pay a little more for it.