According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s all three iPhone models scheduled to be released next year will come with 5G compatibility. The analyst added that a comprehensive iPhone 2020 5G lineup including an affordable XR model will help Apple better compete with the Android players who currently offer select 5G models, The Economic Times reported on Monday.
Apple will benefit from its recent acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business, the analyst noted. Mr Kuo also pointed out that the smartphone maker’s 5G push will help its Augmented Reality products and services.
“We now believe that all three new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G for the following reasons. (1) Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business. (2) We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 USD in 2H20. We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349 USD, will only support Sub-6GHz. But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20,” Mr. Kuo is quoted as saying.
“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. (3) Boosting 5G developments could benefit Apple’s AR ecosystem.”
According to the ET report, the smartphone maker will continue to use Qualcomm modems for its 2020 lineup despite the Intel acquisition.