The addition of 5G connectivity is one of the most compelling elements of this year’s iPhone 12, but it’s going to come at a cost to Apple. Literally.
According to a new report by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will likely pay $75 per unit for sub-6GHz 5G support, and a maximum of $125 for mmWave 5G. However, Kuo does not think Apple will pass these costs on to the end consumer.
The iPhone 5G is likely to support both mmWave and sub-6GHz band, allowing them to connect to all 5G networks across the United States. But Kuo has suggested that there will be another, more affordable model that supports sub-6GHz bands only. This will reportedly be made exclusively for China.
Kuo adds in his report that Apple is looking to save on costs elsewhere in the phone so as to be able to absorb the 5G costs for the iPhone. He claims that the battery circuit board is one area in which Apple has been willing to downgrade its specifications. However, these will reportedly have no observable effect on user experience.
Kuo previously suggested that the iPhone 12 will not come with headphones or a power brick for the first time. This would enable Apple to save on costs through both the components themselves and the reduced shipping costs.
Apple leaker Jon Prosser has published what he claims are the prices for the iPhone 12 models. According to Prosser, a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 will start at $649, while the 6.1-inch model will start at $749. Meanwhile, the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will start at $999, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max at $1,099.
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