The excitement of WWDC 2019 is dousing as it has been almost two weeks now since the first day of the event has gone. As happens with every Apple event, there were rumors galore before the announcements of Apple’s software packages. And now rumor mills are busy spreading the news about Apple’s celebrated hardware – iPhone.
The latest bug that has stung the media is OLED iPhones Apple likely to launch in 2020. The trio of OLED iPhones includes smaller and larger-sized models than the current series of Apple’s flagship smartphones.
Apple May Use OLED Displays in All 2020 iPhones
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to launch three OLED iPhones next year, i.e., 2020. The phones will be available in 5.42-, 6.06- and 6.67-inch sizes.
Even as the reports might sound a thing of past, what is fresh is 5G integration and OLED screens. Earlier, Apple had plans to manufacture two iPhones with OLED screen and one (a lower end) with LCD. Apple was expected to follow the pattern of its 2018 models; two OLED phones with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens, and one 6.1-inch LCD model.
But here is something different. MacRumors received a research note from Kuo, and the noted analyst said that Apple plans to release three new iPhones in the second half of 2020. The trio will include high-end 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models with OLED displays and a lower-end 6.1-inch model with an OLED display. This means all the devices will have OLED displays.
Apart from the display, there is more to Kuo’s predictions. As per the research note, the high-end models will support 5G and that lower-end device will support up to LTE.
Qualcomm is likely to supply 5G modems to Apple; both companies seem to have buried the hatchet. Along with 5G models, the devices will be equipped with RF power amplifiers provided by Broadcom.
Take a look at the snippet of Kuo’s research for TF International Securities:
We expect that the new 2H20 iPhone lines will include the high-end 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch OLED iPhone models and the low-end 6.1-inch OLED iPhone. The 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch OLED iPhone models will likely support 5G. We expect that the PA usage of each 5G iPhone will be 200% more than the current number for iPhone models. Sole suppliers, including Broadcom (designer) and Win-semi (manufacturer), are the significant winners in this case. […]
We believe that the content of Apple and Qualcomm’s previous settlement includes Qualcomm’s release of partly 5G baseband chip source code to Apple for Apple’s development of own 5G PA/FEM.
Kuo goes on to predict that all new iPhones will support 5G starting in 2021. To reduce Apple’s dependence on Qualcomm, the tech giant will come up with its 5G modem by 2022 to 2023.
Reducing the size of the 5.8-inch iPhone to 5.4 inches means Apple wants to bring smiles on the faces of fans, who admire smaller iPhones. Those who believe bigger is better will be happy to hold 6.7-inch iPhone. There is no size change in iPhone XR.
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