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The 2019 iPhone may have a hidden weapon as Apple waits for 5G

by George Mensah
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The 2019 iPhone may have a hidden weapon as Apple waits for 5G

Apple is reportedly planning a shake-up to the 2019 iPhone antennas, making “vast changes” that could add up to wireless performance for the new smartphones. Although the 2019 iPhone isn’t anticipated to feature 5G. The alteration Apple is said to have enacted this year should showcase extra beneficial, at least in the quickest time.

It’s clear that carriers, handset-makers, and buyers are all looking to the full-size arrival of 5G to supercharge wireless speeds. At the sametime, Apple is expected to hold on releasing a 5G iPhone till 2020 at the earliest.

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That’s believed to be a combination of intentional patience, as the Cupertino company waits for 5G networks to build-out and service to become advance commonplace. However additionally a pratical one. Apple had pinned its 5G hopes on modems from Intel. However the latest litigation agreement has brought Qualcomm back into its supply chain. Now, Intel is exiting the 5G modem business, and it’s Qualcomm’s chipset which is expected to power the cellular area of the eventual 5G iPhone.

Before that, though, there’s another shakeup reported. The 2019 iPhone vary will change from liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antennas. In accordance to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and instead shift to modified-PI antenna technology. The TF Securities analyst briefed investors on the change in a note this week, MacRumors reports.

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR all use LCP antennas, however according to the analyst that hasn’t been smooth crusing from Apple’s perspective. Citing production issues and technological limitations, he claims the current iPhone line-up experiences limit radio overall performance due to  LCP system. To address that, at least in the brief term, he says Apple is switching to modified-PI for 2019.

Modified-PI, or MPI, is truely easier to produce than LCP,  not to point out cheaper. Although LCP theoretically has better performance, that doesn’t appear to have advanced as rapidly as Apple might have hoped.

The swap will be a stopgap measure, mind. Kuo suggests that the iPhone 5G will but use LCP, predicting that the manufacturing process will have superior sufficiently to make the  expensive technology  worthwhile. Apple is additionally expected to use LCP in new iPad models, which Kuo says we can expect  from late in Q4 of this year.

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Antennas might also no longer be the sexiest element of a new smartphone. However the risks around not getting the excellent possible  performance – and the influence that can have on user-experience – are significant. Having network availability for higher speeds is only part of the equation: if devices aren’t in a position to take advantage of that capacity, then users won’t see any difference. For carriers themselves, too, there are advantages from phones that make more efficient use of the networks when it comes to load and balancing capacity.

Clearly, we’re a long way from “antennagate” and the memorable advice that customers have been maintaining the iPhone 4 wrong. But if there’s a way to coax more overall performance out of the 2019 iPhone radios without needing 5G quite yet. That should help Apple hold off criticisms that it hasn’t embraced the next-generation network technology quite as eagerly as its Android rivals.

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