In his latest note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple’s 2018 iPhones will feature liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules to facilitate faster LTE speeds.
The iPhone X also features two LCP LTE antenna modules, but on the 2018 iPhones, Apple plans to upgrade it by adding 4×4 MIMO support for faster LTE speeds. Existing iPhones only have support for 2×2 MIMO, though all major flagship Android handsets support 4×4 MIMO. Apple is expected to make use of Intel’s XM 7560 and Qualcomm’s X20 modem in its 2018 iPhone lineup. The new modems support faster LTE speeds along with support for 4×4 MIMO. Apart from faster LTE speeds, 4×4 MIMO and an improved baseband will also lead to an improvement in network reception.
Next year, Apple also plans on reducing its reliance on Qualcomm as it plans on securing 70-80 percent of the modems for the 2018 iPhones from Intel. Additionally, Kuo claimed in one of his previous notes from earlier this week that the 2018 iPhone would feature dual-SIM support which if true would be a first for Apple and iPhone. Dual-SIM phones are extremely popular in Asia in markets like India and China. Almost all major smartphone sold in these regions feature dual-SIM connectivity except for the iPhone. Knowing Apple and just how premium internal space is on an iPhone, we could see the company ship the 2018 iPhones with an eSIM and one traditional SIM card slot.
Are you looking forward to Apple releasing an iPhone with dual-SIM capabilities next year? Do you find the LTE download speeds on your existing iPhone to be on the slower side?