Apple could also be utilizing a brand new form of antenna half within the iPhones it plans to launch in 2019, TF Worldwide Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a observe distributed on Thursday.
Apple could go for a Modified Pi (MPI) antenna over the Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antennas it at present makes use of in iPhones, in keeping with the observe, which was seen by Enterprise Insider.
Kuo additionally confirmed within the observe that he believes the 2019 iPhone lineup will look lots like this yr’s, with the identical display sizes, together with a 6.5-inch mannequin (the identical measurement as this yr’s iPhone XS Max) and a 6.1-inch mannequin utilizing LCD expertise (equivalent to this yr’s iPhone XR). Kuo additionally predicts a mannequin with a 5.8-inch OLED display, which is similar measurement the present iPhone XS makes use of.
There are a number of causes for the antenna change, in keeping with Kuo, together with that Apple has decrease bargaining energy towards the present LCP suppliers and that the brand new expertise can have equal efficiency to the LCP expertise. One other level he made is that the brand new MPI expertise will assist the high-frequency bands wanted for so-called “5G” or millimeter wave connectivity.
From the observe:
The estimation for LCP antenna shipments of latest iPhone fashions will dip no less than 70% YoY in 2H19. In whole, six LCP antennae are at present being outfitted in 2H18 new iPhone fashions (XS Max, XS, and XR). We predict that 2H19 new iPhone fashions, together with the brand new 6.5″ OLED, 5.8″ OLED, and 6.1″ LCD fashions, will undertake 4 MPI antennae and two LCP antennae. We imagine that the 2 LCP antennae of 2H19 new iPhone fashions can be shipped solely by the Japanese provider because of its higher vertical integration functionality.
Kuo is extensively recognized for predicting Apple merchandise earlier than they launch, with a deal with parts-suppliers that promote to Apple.