Apple Expected to Launch 3 New Phones With 5G in 2020

The iPhone 11 rumors rage on.


A reputable source at 9to5Mac recently leaked specs on the “iPhone 11″ models’ hardware and displays. Now another Apple insider has details on the next-gen network they’ll be on.

Speaking to MacRumors, expert analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined three reasons why he believes the forthcoming trio of smartphones will support 5G connectivity. 

“Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business,” he said before delving into the second reason. 

New iPhone 11 rendering by Prospection.

“We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 USD in [2020]. We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349 USD, will only support Sub-6GHz.

“The key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in [2020]. Therefore, iPhone models which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention.”

Finally, Kuo says that a 5G iPhone would act as a catalyst to Apple’s development of augmented reality technology. 

MacRumors also included an explanation of differences between ultra-fast mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz 5G: 

In rural and suburban areas, 5G technology will be on mid-bands and low-bands, called sub-6GHz 5G. It’s still faster than 4G, but not as fast as mmWave. When 5G finishes rolling out, there will be some areas with mmWave technology where data transfer speeds will be lightning quick, coupled with other more expansive areas that are closer to 4G LTE speeds. 

Over time, low-band and mid-band 5G speeds should also get much quicker, but at launch, won’t be as fast as mmWave, which is most often in the spotlight. 

Even with those slightly unsightly rear cameras, the iPhone 11 sounds sweeter with every leak—hopefully these guys are right.