iPhone 2019 will switch to using the new PI antenna structure, instead of the current liquid crystal antenna technology (LCP).
According to the latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo analyst, the 2019 and 2020 iPhone models will come with many major changes in antenna structure due to switching suppliers and technology.
Specifically, Kuo believes that iPhone 2019 will use the completely new PI antenna structure. Currently, the trio of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are all limited to liquid crystal antenna technology (LCP), making it easy to generate some problems when transmitting mobile waves at high frequencies.
Meanwhile, the move to the new PI antenna structure on iPhone 2019 will help Apple cut costs and accelerate the production process. For consumers, the new antenna structure retains the basic signal transmission performance like LCP antennas when it comes to 4G LTE.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the cost of new antenna technology on iPhone 2019 will increase from 10 to 20% over the previous year because it supports wider bandwidth. This allows new generation iPhones to have indoor navigation, for example, in shopping malls or major airports. Recent patents from Apple show that the company is researching features that allow store apps and shopping centers to integrate indoor maps and location tracking.
In addition to the above information, Kuo also said that Apple’s supplier – Career Company will not receive new orders for iPhone models this year. This also explains why earlier this year, Career was accused of 200 employees in the supply department for Apple to voluntarily resign.
Finally, Ming-Chi Kuo said the number of iPhone shipments in the second half of 2019 will remain unchanged from the same period last year. iPhone 2020 will be integrated with 5G technology and use LCP antenna structure as mentioned above. Last month, Kuo predicted that the iPhone 2020 will use modems from Samsung and Qualcomm, and said switching to 5G could help Apple increase 200 million iPhone shipments by 2020.