Apple will be deploying the world’s “most advanced” 5G mobile processors when it debuts its first 5G iPhones next year, a new report claims.
Apple is lagging behind rivals such as Samsung, Huawei and even smaller companies like Oppo and Xiaomi in launching its first 5G handset. However, the report claims that Apple’s ready to pull the stops out to make its next iPhone special. And it’s hoping for sales to match.
Nikkei notes that Apple is planning to ship “at east 80 million” of its new 5G handsets in 2020. “It will be the first time Apple introduces 5G iPhones,” a source claimed. “There will be three of them and the company has set an aggressive sales target.”
The 5G chip Apple is reportedly planning to use is the X55 advanced modem chip developed by Qualcomm. This chip enables much faster downloads. In the future, Apple supposedly plans to create its own 5G chips in-house.
The report notes that Apple’s adoption of 5G will likely spur development of the necessary infrastructure in the U.S.
“The infrastructure is very costly,” Eddie Han, senior industry analyst at Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute, told Nikkei. “Apple’s move to introduce all three 5G iPhones will increase carriers’ confidence to invest.”
The 2020 iPhone is also likely to include other notable upgrades. These will include a more squared-off design, similar to the 2018 iPad Pro and the iPhone 4. It will also include an A14 processor, most likely made using the 5 nanometer process. In addition, Apple is said to be developing 3D sensing rear-camera tech for augmented reality applications. Finally, all three new phones will reportedly come with OLED displays — complete with ProMotion technology previously seen on the iPad Pro.
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Source: Nikkei Asian Review