The iterative approach to the iPhone 11 has seen Apple fall further behind Android in the smartphone features race, but a new report suggests that Tim Cook and his team are going to deploy 5G on not one new iPhone 12 model, but every iPhone 12 model.
The details on this aggressive upgrade path come via Nikei Asian Review. Lauly Li and Cheng Ting-Fang report:
In a quest to reclaim its crown as the world’s most innovative tech company, Apple is mobilizing suppliers to produce its first ever 5G iPhones next year, with the three flagship models also set to include the most advanced mobile processors available and leading-edge screens, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.
With a projected sales target of 80 million 5G iPhones from the 2020 portfolio, that would mean every iPhone will need to carry 5G. Apple taking a different approach than that of its Android-powered rivals. Samsung’s flagship 5G handset was part of the Galaxy S10 family, but was a specific handset – the majority of S10 handsets topped out at 4G connectivity speeds. It’s a similar story with OnePlus and the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G launched this summer.
Apple continues to struggle with 5G. Its previous plans to work with Intel for 5G modems stalled as Intel decided to step away from the cellular modem business in April this year. Although Apple acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business shortly afterwards, this will take time to come to fruition in terms of new modems for Apple’s hardware. That means the first 5G iPhones will be powered by Qualcomm chipsets.
It’s also worth noting that Apple’s twelve-month iPhone cycle means that the 5G enabled handsets are nearly eleven months away from reaching retail shelves, which will be nineteen months after Samsung. While 5G is still in the early stages of rollouts across carriers, those who need 5G will be locked into two year contracts long before Apple’s new handsets arrive.
And if 5G is a deal-breaker for iOS users, they are going to skip the iPhone 11 and wait another year before upgrading their handset.