While multiple reports have suggested that Apple remains committed to launching 5G iPhones this year, a new report from financial analysis company Susquehanna mentions that the launch plan may be slightly different. It is said that Apple may look to split the launch into two parts, with September seeing the arrival of the standard iPhone 12 models which are expected to run on the 6 GHz 5G spectrum, with the top-end iPhones with mmWave 5G launching in December 2020 or January 2021.
According to Susquehanna analyst Mehdi Hosseini, this delay is due to Apple’s intentions to build the Antenna-in-Package (AiP) modules in-house rather than get it from a third-party source. It’s no secret that Apple wants to develop 5G modems in-house, with a recent report stating that the company may not be ready with its own 5G modems until 2023 or even later, although later reports brought the estimate down to 2022.
Hosseini further believes that Apple will produce 52 million units of the 6 GHz 5G iPhones and 8 million units of the mmWave variant. The report also adds that Apple will not have all OLED iPhones this year and will offer a base variant with an LCD panel. It’s too soon to speculate, but this could well be the iPhone 11 successor.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 12 in four variants as per initial reports, although this could change easily as we inch closer towards September 2020. It is also rumored that the top-end iPhone 12 variant will pack an in-display Touch ID sensor, and a notch-less display. It will be interesting to see if any of these rumors hold up during the unveiling later this year.
Source: Street Insider
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