All Apple iPhones to be launched next year will be 5G compatible, including Apple’s redesign of its cheap phones for the first time in two years, as the company hopes to increase sales of products that still account for more than half of its sales. People familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia that Apple will not launch any new 4G models next year, but will sell a cheaper phone, the popular iPhone SE, which is compatible with the next generation of communication standards.
According to people familiar with the matter, the affordable iPhone 5G will be available in the first half of 2022. They added that it is powered by Apple’s own A15 processor, the same chip used in this year’s high-end iPhone, and its 5G connection is powered by Qualcomm’s X60 modem chip.
Apple wass late in the 5G race. Samsung Electronics, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Huawei Technologies launched 5G mobile phones in 2019, and the first iPhone 5G will be launched in 2020. Like previous SE models, Apple’s affordable iPhone 5G looks like an updated version of iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch LCD display (LCD) instead of an LED display. Apple only used OLED displays on its first 5G product line iPhone 12, which was released last year.
However, sales of iPhone 12 Mini were disappointing. Apple launched a 5.4-inch model last year, but due to lower-than-expected demand, it cut manufacturing orders in the first half of 2021. According to sources, this year’s mini models are also reduced compared with last year.
Apple is not only preparing the iPhone series, but also preparing to launch updated versions of other products in the second half of 2021 to take advantage of the expected economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s popular wireless earbuds AirPods are scheduled to begin production next month.
Mass production of the new iPhone this year will also begin in August, which is consistent with Apple’s normal production plan before the pandemic. From now to January, Apple can produce up to 95 million devices, but sources pointed out that this prediction is possible. Throughout 2021, Apple plans to make as many as 230 million iPhones, including new models and existing models, as many as 11% more when compared with the previous year.