Apple could also be the usage of a brand new roughly antenna phase within the iPhones it plans to unlock in 2019, TF World Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a notice disbursed on Thursday.
Apple would possibly go for a Changed Pi (MPI) antenna over the Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antennas it recently makes use of in iPhones, consistent with the notice, which was once noticed by way of Industry Insider.
Kuo additionally showed within the notice that he believes the 2019 iPhone lineup will glance so much like this 12 months’s, with the similar display screen sizes, together with a 6.5-inch type (the similar dimension as this 12 months’s iPhone XS Max) and a 6.1-inch type the usage of LCD era (similar to this 12 months’s iPhone XR). Kuo additionally predicts a type with a 5.8-inch OLED display screen, which is identical dimension the present iPhone XS makes use of.
There are a number of causes for the antenna trade, consistent with Kuo, together with that Apple has decrease bargaining energy in opposition to the present LCP providers and that the brand new era will have equivalent efficiency to the LCP era. Any other level he made is that the brand new MPI era will fortify the high-frequency bands wanted for so-called “5G” or millimeter wave connectivity.
From the notice:
The estimation for LCP antenna shipments of latest iPhone fashions will dip a minimum of 70% YoY in 2H19. In overall, six LCP antennae are recently being supplied in 2H18 new iPhone fashions (XS Max, XS, and XR). We think that 2H19 new iPhone fashions, together with the brand new 6.5″ OLED, 5.8″ OLED, and six.1″ LCD fashions, will undertake 4 MPI antennae and two LCP antennae. We consider that the 2 LCP antennae of 2H19 new iPhone fashions shall be shipped completely by way of the Jap provider due to its higher vertical integration capacity.
Kuo is widely recognized for predicting Apple merchandise earlier than they release, with a focal point on parts-suppliers that promote to Apple.