In order to compete with rival Android, Apple has decided that it will manufacture all 2020 iPhones with 5G capability, including the cheapest model. Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities, and a top analyst at Apple, has stated that all three models of the 2020 iPhone will support 5G.
In June, Kuo stated that only two of the three iPhones would be equipped with 5G capability. However, with competition becoming more stiff due to Android’s 5G capabilities, Apple has decided that it must enhance all three models with 5G capability. The iPhones that will be released later this year will not include 5G capability. Apple must continue to utilize Qualcomm’s 5G modems for one more year.
5G networks are not yet as popular as they will be in the future, despite its capability for faster phone speeds. The faster wireless network is just now beginning to roll out across the United States and network coverages are not fully supported at the moment, rendering many people unable to take advantage of the wireless network’s advantages. Only a handful of Android phones currently support 5G.
“Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business,” Kuo said in a note. “We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249–349 USD in 2H20,” he added, mentioning that “consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function” by the time the phones are released.