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This year, Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 12, one of the chips of which will be support for 5G networks. Despite the fact that in many countries these networks have not yet become widespread, smartphone manufacturers are acting “for the future”, as was the case with 3G and LTE. However, support for 5G is not cheap: according to analysts, it will increase the cost of manufacturing one iPhone by an average of $ 100, or even $ 150, depending on the range used. That being said, Apple wants to keep pricing for the 2020 iPhone lineup at the same level as in 2019. How?
Faced with higher manufacturing costs due to the inclusion of 5G hardware in the iPhone 12 lineup, Apple is trying to use less expensive components in other areas, according to analyst Ming-Chi Ko. One of the biggest cost reductions is believed to come from battery technology. The experts say, citing their own sources, that Apple is placing fewer battery cells in a smaller area.
IPhone 12 Battery
According to Min-Chi Ko, this will allow Apple to reduce battery costs in the iPhone 12 by 40-50% compared to the battery in the iPhone 11 lineup. It is also reported that Apple is cutting battery costs for the third generation AirPods, which will be released in 2021 year.
Previously, it was believed that Apple would lower the cost of new iPhones by eliminating charging or bundled headphones . When you make as many devices as Apple, shipping becomes a big problem. Any savings a company can make by reducing the volume, weight, or size of its shipped items is a huge bonus. If you multiply it by the astronomical number of devices supplied by Apple, you get a solid amount. That is why now the iPhone charger is not a single design (like the MacBooks of past years, for example), but a separate one – a separate charging adapter and cable. This design is not only more convenient for us buyers, but it also probably saved Apple a significant amount in terms of shipping costs. This makes the box smaller, so the iPhone takes up less space on planes or in trucks.
However, Cupertino seems to have decided to take a different route and keep the iPhone package intact . However, I am concerned about the reduction in component costs. Especially when it comes to the battery, because the battery life is one of the main indicators by which buyers choose a new phone.
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5G in iPhone 12
Why is 5G on iPhone so expensive at all? The fact is that Apple decided to use the Qualcomm X55 5G modem in the next iPhone model, only without the QTM525 mmWave antenna module. This was announced last year by Christian Amon, the head of Qualcomm.
Причины отказа от этого модуля Apple не комментировала, но инсайдеры быстро сообщили о том, что этот злосчастный антенный модуль просто не влезал в корпус новых элитных iPhone , и Apple решила разработать его сама. А собственная разработка зачастую обходится очень дорого.
Apple is expected to introduce four new 5G iPhones this year. Analysts predict that the devices will have a screen diagonal of 5.4 to 6.7 inches, while the two models will be equipped with 6.1-inch displays. Demand for these devices will be huge: Apple has notified suppliers that it plans to sell 100 million iPhones this year.