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All three iPhone models in 2020 will feature 5G modems

Your iPhone just got more expensive…

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When Apple super-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first made predictions about the trio of 2020 iPhones, he said only two of them would support 5G. That was before Apple bought Intel’s 5G modem business though, so now he’s changing his prediction to all three 2020 iPhones being 5G.

That’s according to a research note that MacRumors got hold of, in which Kuo thinks Apple will need to compete against low-cost Android phones which will also have 5G in 2020.

According to analysts, all three 2020 iPhone models will have 5G modems

While Apple has just purchased Intel’s 5G modem business (for a cool billion dollars!), it’ll be 2021 at the earliest when those will be ready for airtime. That means Apple will be sticking with Qualcomm for the 5G modems that will be going into the 2020 iPhone range.

All three handsets are expected to support both the super-speedy mmWave and the Sub-6Ghz spectrum ranges, so every form of 5G is covered:

  • Kuo also thinks that cheap Android handsets ($249-349 range) will only have the sub-6Ghz bands
  • 5G should boost Apple’s Augmented Reality ecosystem
  • It should also boost Apple’s iPhone sales, as consumers have been primed to see 5G as the “must-have” for 2020

I’m more interested in the camera tech that Apple will be stuffing into the 2020 iPhones, as I feel 5G is still very much in its infancy.

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  1. Mel T.

    June 8, 2023 at 1:03 am

    I have the iPhone SE. Is my phone ready for the iE 17 update?

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