According to several analysts, one above all Ming-Chi Kuo of the TF Securities, the next generation iPhones will be four and will support all 5G networks. To date, the two competing standards operate on millimeter waves (mmWave), frequencies between 24.25 and 29.5Ghz, and on sub-6 GHz spectrum, frequencies between 3.4 and 3.6GHz, and smartphones can support the one, the other or both.
According to what analysts of Susquehanna International Group (SIG), the next iPhones that Apple will launch in 2020 they will only support 5G sub-6 GHz networks. Support for mmWave may also arrive in 2021. For its iPhones, Apple will use a Qualcomm modem.
Several operators around the world are implementing both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks, those with higher throughput speeds, potentially higher than 1 Gbps. However, its range is much narrower, which means that managers have to install many more antennas to have widespread coverage.
Susquehanna estimates that Apple will ship approximately 60 million iPhone 5Gs in the second half of 2020 and approximately 8 million mmWave compatible available by January, only in selected markets. The reason for this staggering would be due to the fact that Apple would have decided to internally design the antenna in package (AiP) rather than using one already available on the market.