IPhone 12 may use Apple's own 5G antenna (what could go wrong?)

Yolanda Curtis
February 15, 2020

These manufacturers don't have detailed and specific information about the new iPhone direct from Apple.

Around the same time, Apple released the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as cheaper models, starting at $1,079 - a much more reasonable price compared to the X range.

However, Apple typically designs on several tracks, and it's concurrently working on another design that uses both the Qualcomm modem and antenna. At the same time it signed a truce with Qualcomm, Apple bought Intel's modem business and is putting a lot of resources into building its own 5G modem, with an eye on using it to replace the Qualcomm modems in future iPhones.

Rumours are going on that early in the year, Apple could uncover the new low cost iPhone. LCD driver IC solution, designed in house by Apple, will continue to be packaged by Chipbond Technology with COF (chip on film) technology, the sources said.

Additionally, iPhone SE2 is expected to continue adopting structured-light 3D sensors with VCSEL components contract-fabricated by Win Semi, and the required DOE (diffractive optical element) components will again be processed by TSMC's affiliated backend firm Xintec. 5G performance is also reliant on the antenna design.

Although closings of its iPhone plants in China have put strain on the inventory, Apple stays up almost 9 percent this year. The ‌iPhone‌ 4, for example, had an antenna design that resulted in dropped calls and other problems when the ‌iPhone‌ was held in a way that covered the antennas.

Apple has released the newest public betas of the iPadOS and iOS 13.4 to testing groups after making it available to developers a few days prior.

Apple isn't great at designing antennas. As our source put it, Apple still feels it's "getting screwed on royalties" by Qualcomm. In turn, there have been rumblings that Apple is hoping to have a 5G alternative to Qualcomm as soon as 2021. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW.

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