If there's even more reason to hold off buying iPhone in 2019, this is it. With 5G coming as the forefront in the future of faster network speeds, Apple is looking to roll out a 5G-compatible phone in 2020, and now, a new report suggests that all three of the company’s phones expected to launch next year will support 5G.
Last month, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that next year’s 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone models would support 5G, while the third, which is a cheaper 6.1-inch iPhone XR successor, would only access LTE networks. Kuo has now issued a new report, and MacRumors says that he’s revised that prediction: All three iPhone models will support 5G. He notes that “Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business,” and that the price of Android 5G phones will drop.
However, while the report comes just days after Apple announced that it was acquiring a “majority” of Intel’s modem business for USD$1 billion, MacRumors says that the company isn’t quite ready to switch away from Qualcomm, and that it won’t likely be until 2021 before it can use its own version.
Kuo notes 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 which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention.”
To put it simply, Apple is betting that its customers will want to have the ability to take advantage of the wide range of 5G networks, and that they’ll pay a bit more for it. Whether that will be the case, we shall have to see