In 2020 Apple will release three of its phones with the connectivity of 5G, which will use Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem, as reported by Nikkei. These three expected models will also have advanced mobile processors, leading-edge screens and will be Apple’s first major redesign since 2017. Apple’s new phones will come with an all-new Apple A14 Bionic processor, which will be the first from Apple to be a 5-nanometer SoC (System on Chip).
This year’s 11 iPhone’s series features 4G wireless technology, whereas competitors such as Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies, LG and Xiaomi have already launched 5G phones. Apple has plans to sell 80 million new 5G phones according to Nikkei.
“Apple is lagging behind somewhat in introducing 5G products and it definitely wants to catch up,” Joey Yen, a tech analyst at market research agency IDC, said. “5G is one of the fanciest marketing buzzwords around … [especially] in such a mature and competitive market. It is a feature that can grab consumer attention and [allow companies to] claim they are technology leaders.”
It will now give a push to global carriers to increase the investment in 5G infrastructures, so the environment is fully ready for end-users and high-speed applications as well as advanced online gaming at a large level.
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Apple’s leap in the consumer markets will increase the use of 5G. The company each year normally ships 75 and 80 million of its new phone. In 2020, worldwide 206 million new 5G smartphones are expected to be produced.
On the other hand, 5G will make the iPhone more expensive, which will affect its affordability to the customers. As a strategy to target consumers who are price conscious, especially those in emerging markets such as China, Apple will roll out a cost-effective successor to iPhone SE next spring which might look like iPhone 8.
3D sensing rear-camera
Nikkei reports, that Apple is also developing a 3D sensing rear-camera, which will be able to sense the environment and detect objects for applications such as augmented reality games. In 2017, the iPhone was the first one to launch 3D sensing facial recognition, FaceID.
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