Prepare salt shaker; It's time to talk about future Apple products.
Sagacious Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects three new iPhones by 2020, and he says they will all be connected to 5G support. The details come from an investor note obtained by MacRumors, so it's not exactly right from Apple, but Kuo is a highly regarded analyst.
He had earlier said back in June that two of the three expected iPhone models would be 5G ready, so this is really more of an update to the earlier note. There are a few important reasons for the update.
The first is related to some fresh Apple news: The iPhone maker recently acquired Intel's modem business, which Mashable's Karissa Bell already identified as a big boost for Apple mobile devices.
Kuo agrees. "Apple has more resources to develop 5G iPhone following the acquisition of Intel baseband business," the new note reads.
It is also expected that Android smartphones with 5G support, some of which are already out, will come down in price. Kuo expects 2020 to bring prices down to as low as $ 250. These devices, he said, will only support the Sub-6 GHz spectrum.
A fast 5G crash course: it comes in two flavors. The sub-6 GHz spectrum is faster than 4G, but slower than 5G most of these companies talk about. The faster is mmWave. When 5G rolls out, mmWave will be most common in densely populated urban areas, while Sub-6 GHz will exist more in rural areas where people are scattered.
It is also worth noting that the Sub-6 GHz spectrum is reserved for US government use. That will change as 5G rolls out, but the US 5G network is expected to focus on mmWave while the rest of the world uses Sub-6 GHz.
There are confusing things that I want to tell you before I don't I don't fully understand. However, the distinction between the two has no bearing on the purpose of this discussion. As Kuo's remark says, it's more about optics.
"But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary feature of ," reads the note. "Therefore, iPhone models that will be sold at higher prices must support 5G to win more subsidies from mobile carriers and consumer buying intent."
Kuo also expects Apple as a company to get more on board with 5G because widespread adoption "could benefit Apple's [augmented reality] ecosystem." He also notes that Apple treats iPhones that only support Sub-6 GHz versus iPhones that support both as two separate projects "even though they have the same form factor design."
All this context gets a bit into the technical weeds. , but the key takeaway from Kuo's new note is that it is expected that Apple is more on board with 5G than previously expected. What this ultimately means in practice remains to be seen, but Kuo's track record when it comes to reading the way the Apple winds are blowing is strong. ? jpg signature = gjo52pgdki7qrhx5yfntk5poypi = & source = https% 3a% 2f% 2fvdist.aws.mashable "src =" https://mondrian.mashable.com/cms%252F201