Apple Expects to Ship 100 Million iPhone 12 in 2020 Thanks to 5G

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Apple is reportedly expecting to sell over 100 million iPhone 12 units in 2020. In comparison, the company expects to ship around 80 million iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro units in the financial year 2019.

The stronger than expected jump in iPhone shipments will be led by the addition of 5G to all three iPhones that are slated to launch next year. The new design and other design improvements will also help and lead to an upgrade supercycle.

The 100 million figure is based on the forecast provided by Apple to its supply chain partners for next year’s iPhone production ramp.

So far, the 2020 iPhone rumors point to the device coming with massive design changes that would be required due to the addition of 5G. Apple is expected to make use of Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem inside all three 2020 iPhones to offer 5G. This single modem will support all bands and networks from 2G to 5G thereby providing space and power efficiency savings.

Additionally, all three iPhones are expected to come with OLED displays with completely different screen sizes compared to the 2019 iPhone lineup. Some of the models are also expected to sport a higher refresh rate display. Apple is also expected to add a new ToF camera sensor at the rear for advanced AR capabilities.

Our Take

Based on such massive changes and improvements, Apple and its suppliers are upbeat on the company shipping 100 million 2020 iPhones next year. However, whether that happens or not will depend on 5G network coverage and how strongly carriers would be pushing the ‘5G’ buzzword next year.

[Via DigiTimes]