There is confirmed news that Apple Inc will have all the three iPhone models of 2020 fitted with the Qualcomm X55 5G modem. The X55 modem is even more powerful than the X50 modem that the first generation 5G phones Samsung and others have featured. Apple is therefore expected to go all out to regain its pride of place in the smartphone marketplace.
Shipments Predicted to be Back to the 80 Million Mark
Apple had been making shipments of 75 million to 80 million units of its iPhones each year before the slowdown occurred. Now, with the proposed launch of the iPhone SE2 and the 5G enabled 2020 iPhones, the company may reach those figures once again on an annualized basis. One estimate by the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute puts the figure for the total production of iPhones of all models in 2020 at 206 million. Apple may even have timed it very well by default.
The 5G market would have matured by the time it comes out with its models. China, which used to be one of the largest for the company, is predicted to lead the world market with a 40% share for the 5G connected devices. In the US too, carriers like Verizon and AT&T have expanded their 5G network and infrastructure and spurred the sales of the iPhones in small cities around the country as well.
Technically Superior iPhones in 2020
As mentioned, the Qualcomm X55 5G modem is more powerful and is capable of offering mind-boggling speeds; 7Gb/s peak for downloads and 3Gb/s for uploads. It must be added that in practice these speeds may not be feasible unless the carrier builds the infrastructure to touch such speeds. It has been pointed out that the new modem will use a lot less of the battery as well.
Apple is also likely to make a more powerful A14 Bionic chip that will be built on the 5nm technology, the first chipset with this technology. The company will make improvements in the camera section also with new hardware and supporting software. All these details will make the buyers want to own the new iPhones in 2020. Rumors say the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will have display screens of 6.1-inch, 5.4-inch, and 6.7-inch respectively. Speculation has also suggested that all three models will sport OLED displays, discarding the LCD that the budget models have been fitted with so far.