Apple has a tradition of having multiple conferences where its products including iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks will be revealed. They even have a dedicated event to talk about iOS and macOS, a conference for software updates. It is no surprise that the Apple 5G iPhones will not be launched together at the same time but will be split between 2020 and 2021 into two individual meetups.
In the year 2020, there will be multiple iPhone launches so as to cover the large spectrum of the consumer market. The products are also designed to cover the technologies including sub 6GHz and the mmWave models. They will be made available in specific countries at first before a global rollout is planned because 5G is yet to be widely adopted around the globe. Apple plans to keep costs under check by not launching 5G-enabled phones in markets that are not ready to adopt it yet.
Availability of 5G iPhones
According to the first source, Ming-Chi Kuo, who is an analyst from TF International Securities, the mmWave devices will be launched in select countries including United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom. Instead of directly launching phones with sub 6GHz, the hardware functionality may be available but will be disabled during launch in order to keep the cost of the phone low in markets like Brazil, India, and China.
Mehdi Hosseini who is an analyst at Susquehanna opines that Apple will consider launching their phones in two different phases. The conventional September launch will take place in 2020 during which two or more sub-6GHz models will get launched. The company will reserve the models for December 2020 or January 2021 because there are possible production delays.
Apple has planned to offer the fastest possible 5G speeds in the mmWave spectrum for which the brand is planning to use its own antennas. They are looking forward to reducing dependency on third party suppliers for all the components and start making some on their own to reduce production costs as well as sustain in the long run as a new decade has begun.
As rumored earlier, one of the iPhones will feature LCD display while two others will be OLED with varying display sizes. From a market standpoint, it is easy to understand that most companies will not want to dump all their products at the same event. Samsung split the launch of their Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite for a different date while their Unpacked event is just weeks to go. A similar trend might be followed by Apple.