iPhone, 2019 : new antennas and improving the geolocation in indoor

In a new note to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is interested in the insides of the iPhone 2019. Reiterating previous remarks, he explained that Apple should use a new composite for antennas of mobile phones, passing of a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) of the polyimides modified (MPI).

For the user, there would be no visible difference in the connection 4G, however, the analyst suggests improvements for geolocation inside. An item that he had already brought in a note from February, citing the use of the Ultra Wide Band (read Ming-Chi Kuo : details on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, 2019).

Change the material on this next range would allow Apple to lower the costs of production (five providers will be able to compete for orders of Apple in MPI, compared to only one for the LCP) and improve the performance.

The developments related to the use of the Ultra Wide Band would be charged however the cost of the part antennas of the iPhone from 10% to 20%. In his previous note, Ming-Chi Kuo explained that Apple would use 4 antennas MPI and 2 LCP in the iPhone 2019 (instead of 6 antennas LCP currently).

The case of the iPhone of 2020, those who will enter in the modem 5G, Kuo expects that Apple reuses for the most part a polymer liquid crystal for antennas, whose performance on the communications have been improved by then (this material is more fragile, which leads to a lower yield in production, and the means today to make it more robust have an impact on performance).

Of next iPad coming into production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first of 2020 should also be based on the antennas using the LCP.