Apple may have just released three new iPhones, but the company is already looking to the future. Perhaps spurred by the recent dominance of Samsung in the headlines of late, after the tech company came out with a foldable phone that many are already heralding to be the “future” of smartphone design, Apple is now coming in guns blazing after announcing it will add 5G support to its 2020 flagship iPhones.
The 5G network will mark the biggest upgrade for Apple, and it’s believed that it will also be the key to driving upgrades for phone users as research suggests we are now holding onto our devices for longer periods (and why wouldn’t we, when a phone costs upwards of $1,000 these days). The incentive for consumers to upgrade to 5G is something TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo noted in April to 9to5Mac, where he predicted Apple would ship between 70 and 75 million flagship iPhones in 2020.
Despite the push for a global rollout of the 5G network in 2020, Apple has been slow to embrace the new network. Many suspected that its iPhone 11 series would feature 4G wireless technology, but that wasn’t the case. And as Samsung, Huawei and second-tier competitors like Oppo and Xiaomi have already launched 5G phones, the pressure on Apple to do the same is mounting.
And with 2020 fast approaching, all eyes will be on the tech giant to produce the goods. Here’s everything we know about the 5G iPhones.
The 5G Models
The 5G compatible iPhone lineup will be made up of three different models, and it’s expected that hey will carry a 5G modem chip from Qualcomm. This comes after Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent dispute that spanned several countries in April, an important move that finally saw Apple take steps closer to accelerating its 5G hardware.
As CNBC reports, a recent Piper Jaffray survey found that current US iPhone users may be holding out on the newly-released iPhone 11 series, anticipating an upcoming 5G phone.
An Advanced Modem Chip
Nikkei suggests that all three of the new iPhones will carry the most advanced 5G modem chip, known as X55 that is designed by Qualcomm. “The chip, which enables much faster downloads, faces such an increase in demand that there could be supply constraints,” wrote the publication.
It’s also believe that the new iPhones will feature Apple’s latest-generation processor, known as A14, that will use the world’s most advanced 5-nanometer chip technology, as made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Only Apple and Huawei currently have plans to use this chip production technology next year.
OLED Display and 3D rear-camera
It’s also reported that two of the three new iPhones will have flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, which are currently the world’s most cutting-edge display technology as it enables curved screens, better colour contrast, and brighter screens.
Apple is also apparently developing a new 3D sensing rear-camera that can sense the environment and detect objects for applications such as augmented reality games. The iPhone was the first to introduce 3D sensing facial recognition, in its front camera, in 2017.
A New Design
As The Verge suggests, it’s believed that 2020’s new iPhone lineup could also see Apple’s first redesign of its flagship phones since 2017. As well as 5G connectivity and a new chip fabrication process, Apple is rumoured to be featuring a new design for phones that includes an in-display fingerprint sensor.