Three iPhones will have 5G in 2020, analyst predicts


Apple is also attempting to pivot away from its heavy reliance on iPhone sales as its largest source of revenue to focus more on services. While it is no secret that Apple will add 5G capabilities to its 2020 iPhones, especially since it acquired Intel's mobile business as well as reached an agreement with Qualcomm and its lawsuit, the new rumour has nothing to do with that but in respect to its camera capabilities. Apple is expected to introduce three new iPhone 11 models this year.

Still, the recent $1 billion Intel acquisition doesn't mean Apple will use its own 5G chips on the 2020 iPhone, though. Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most reliable Apple analysts so it seems more likely at this point, though Apple could always change its plans.

"We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-$349 Dollars, will only support sub-6GHz".

According to MacRumors, Kuo predicts all three new iPhone models will support both mmWave (millimeter wave spectrum) and sub-6GHz frequencies.

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The best part of the aforementioned report is that 5G Android smartphones are also expected to become quite affordable in the second half of 2020, with prices starting at US$249, so all higher-priced devices will have to offer this feature as well.

Finally, he believes boosting 5G development will boost Apple's augmented reality ecosystem. Previously it was reported that only 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone models would support 5G connectivity. And since 5G may be a requirement to take advantage of carrier subsidies, it makes even more sense to push in that direction. Only one week ago smartphone leakster-in-chief Ice universe revealed that Apple is now exploring the possibility of installing a switchable 60Hz/120Hz screen on one or more models in the range.

More recently, President Donald Trump's announcement that the upcoming Mac Pro won't be given a waiver protecting it from 25% tariffs imposed on Chinese-made goods entering the U.S. Apple, though, is unlikely to bring production of the Pro to the U.S.