With new antennas to use on new-generation iPhones, Apple can offer higher connectivity speeds than larger 5G-enabled phones.
Apple is reportedly planning a shake-up to the 2019 iPhone antennas, making “vast changes” that could add up to an improved wireless performance for the new smartphones. Although the 2019 iPhone isn’t expected to feature 5G, the alterations Apple is said to have enacted this year could prove more beneficial, at least in the short term.
We can’t say that the antennas are the coolest and the most curious in a smartphone. However, if we consider that the most important capabilities of these devices are wireless connections, we can say that the antennas are extremely important parts. So what can we say about the antennas of the iPhone? Inefficient?
Apple uses Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antenna technology on iPhone Xs, Xs Max and iPhone XR models currently on sale, but according to world-famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will use Replaced PI (MPI) antennas on new 2019 model iPhones. Thus a more powerful link will be offered at a more affordable price.
In fact, LCP antennas are cheaper than MPI antennas, but due to production problems and technological limitations, the LCP antennas perform below their potential. Apple plans to increase the performance of the wireless network by switching to MPI antennas, while also reducing costs further.
However, the presence of MPI antennas on iPhones will not last much longer. Because Apple, next year 5G supported the first iPhone model will be switched back to the LCP antennae. The company expects the development of LCP antennas in terms of production and efficiency in this short period of time.
Samsung and Huawei have announced the introduction of 5G supported smartphones. Apple will not announce a 5G supported iPhone model until the autumn of 2020. If the leak of Ming-Chi Kuo is correct, Apple can score a goal for competitors without a 5G phone call.