Apple halved the estimates of sales of the iPhone 12 in 2020
The latest estimates of shipping iPhone 5G mmWave are less than several million units compared to expected, reports DigiTimes .
It is estimated that the shipments of iPhone 5G mmWave scheduled for launch by the end of the year to reach only 15-20 million units in 2020 , compared to a previous estimate of the supply chain of 30-40 million units, intensifying the competition between Apple’s supplier of substrates FC-AiP for new phones.
It is believed that Apple is planning its own module antenna-in-package, or “AiP,” to the iPhone mmWave, which use a set of frequencies for 5G, that promise to speed incredibly fast at short distances. On the contrary, the 5G sub-6GHz is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, serve better suburban areas, and rural areas.
According to DigiTimes, the package AIP Apple is cheaper than the previous projects, but some analysts believe that the patterns with technology support ultra-high-speed mmWave will be probably launched after models at 6 GHz because of the production challenges and the crisis global health. To counter these challenges, Apple has diversified the supply chain of modules to minimize the risks.
Before the global crisis of health, the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple was still on track to release simultaneously with the iPhone models 12 mmWave and sub-6GHz in the second half of 2020.
Kuo has not indicated if by then these plans may have changed, but other analysts have said they believe that the iPhone mmWave may not be released this year, because the antenna is the custom of Apple is having problems of excessive consumption of the battery.
Kuo said that the models that support mmWave will be available in five markets, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom, adding that Apple could disable the feature 5G in countries that do not offer services 5G or have a surface coverage to reduce the costs of production.