Apple: Nine iPhone models to be planned for 5G

For the iPhone launch in September, Apple is expected to launch with a variety of different variants, according to the latest reports from a recognized analyst. Especially in the region 5G could be the biggest differentiator for years. Up to nine iPhones are expected to launch this year.

Spring with the announcement of the new iPhone SE should be relatively clear. the smartphone with the assumed name “iPhone SE2”, the housing of the iPhone 8 is to be combined with the technology of the iPhone 11. The 4.7-inch LCD screen and features such as the fingerprint sensor must be adopted by the iPhone 8, while the iPhone 11 provides the A13 processor and the main camera.

Four 5G iPhones in two variants each

For the “iPhone season” in the fall, Apple’s portfolio could prove to be much larger this year. According to famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Four new iPhones will be launched in September, each in two variants come to the market. This is due to different 5G requirements depending on the market. After many smartphones already support the new cellular standard in the Android environment, it should also be in the fall Apple move with 5G – but not with uniform devices.

In September, apart from the iPhone SE2, the entire iPhone wallet must be converted to OLED after LCD technology has been used in cheaper models such as the iPhone XR or iPhone 11 in recent years . For 2020, two cheaper OLED models with 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches with a dual camera as well as two more expensive Pro successors with 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches are planned, the one with a triple camera and a new one. hour – flight sensor.

Qualcomm 5G modem

All four smartphones must support 5G as well as all older cellular standards via the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 multimode modem. After the release of Intel and Apple’s deal with Qualcomm the Snapdragon X55 is the only logical choice for the next 5G iPhones. But although the 5G modem can transmit in the range below 6 GHz and supports mmWave, according to the analyst, Apple plans to use a model that only supports 5G below 6 GHz and a model that covers both standards. 5G smartphones for mmWave require several corresponding antenna modules and are more expensive to produce. With the same sale price, Apple’s margin would be lower.

The range of iPhone suspected by Ming-Chi Kuo for 2021
The range of iPhones suspected by Ming-Chi Kuo for 2021 (Image: TF International Securities)

5G iPhones with mmWave and Sub-6 GHz support are expected to launch in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Other countries such as Germany would therefore only receive variants below 6 GHz. In other countries with no 5G network or little availability of the new standard, Apple could also completely disable support, according to Kuo.

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