Apple’s 5G iPhone lineup is still on track for a fall 2020 release, according to one reliable analyst.
A recent report suggested faster wwWave handsets, which are expected to succeed iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, may not arrive until early 2021. But those claims appear to be inaccurate.
The introduction of 5G connectivity, coupled with a new budget model, will ensure 2020 is a solid year for iPhone, market research firms believe. That’s one of the reasons why Apple’s share price keeps on rising.
A delay in delivering the fastest 5G technology could have derailed all of that. But the brilliantly accurate Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities says there’s nothing to worry about.
5G iPhone lineup on track for 2020
Both sub-6GHz and faster mmWave iPhone models will be available this fall, Kuo reiterated in his latest note to investors. Shipments are expected to begin late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2020.
This rubbishes an earlier Susquehanna report that suggested mmWave options will be delayed until December 2020 or January 2021. It always seemed unlikely that Apple would make us wait up to four months longer for its flagship models.
Kuo has previously noted that mmWave devices will be available in select markets initially. They are expected to include the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Japan, and South Korea.
The functionality could be held back in areas where 5G is still nonexistent or not widespread, Kuo explained. This will help Apple avoid paying higher production costs for technology that cannot be used by the majority.
Business as usual
You should be able to get yours hands on the 5G iPhone you really want this fall, then — as we previously anticipated. We’ll have to wait for Apple to confirm that, of course, but Kuo’s information is usually incredibly accurate.
We can also expect Apple’s next handsets to include its first 5-nanometer chipset with even faster processing and graphics.