5G expected to feature in all 2020 iPhone models

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5G connectivity will feature in all three iPhone models launching next year, according to a new research note from a trusted analyst.

Apple has reportedly made the feature a priority as an increasing number of Android handsets launch with 5G support. Its $1 billion acquisition of Intel’s modem business has also allowed it to speed up its 5G rollout.

iPhone fans feared that we wouldn’t see a 5G iPhone until 2021 at the earliest. That’s what some of the rumors warned. But according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s plans have changed somewhat — and it’s great news for data hogs.

Cupertino’s decision to splash the cash on Intel’s modem business has given it the resources to deliver 5G earlier. And every new iPhone will get it at the same time.

Look out for 5G in 2020

Kuo previously predicted that two of the three handsets Apple will launch in 2020 would offer 5G connectivity. But in a new research note, the incredibly accurate source now says all three models will support 5G networks.

Apple reportedly now considers 5G a requirement, with an increasing number of Android devices offering it. It is believed that even more affordable devices, priced around $350, will offer 5G by the end of next year.

If the iPhone cannot match them, it will make Apple’s pricey handsets an even tougher sell. They could also miss out on carrier subsidies if they’re late to the 5G party.

iPhone to support all 5G networks

Kuo adds that the first iPhones with 5G will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands (if Apple can get this technology ready in time), allowing them to connect to all 5G networks across the United States.

However, it is believed there will also be another, more affordable model, with support sub-6GHz bands only, made exclusively for China.

Next year’s iPhone lineup is expected to come with 5.4-, 6.1-, and 6.7-inch OLED displays, with Apple now ready to eliminate cheaper LCD screens. They will also offer next-generation A13 chips and big camera improvements.