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The iPhone 5G may have a higher cost

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Published on Nov 03, 2019

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The iPhone 5G may have a higher cost

In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, Kuo believes that the motherboard on the iPhone 5G in 2020 will be about 10% larger to accommodate the new technologies. The fabrication of the card and some of the new technologies of the antennas will result in an increase of 35% of the costs.

The increase in size of board is related to the dissipation of heat from the technology for 5G, and to the corresponding circuits at the connection to the new technology of antenna for 5G. This does not mean that the whole phone will cost 35% more, with the motherboard that will have a significant cost.

At the moment, the options 5G in phones are adding about $ 400 to the price of a high end phone, like the Galaxy S10. It is not clear what impact it will have new technology on what seems to be a major redesign of the iPhone with the increase of the cost of construction of other components.

Kuo says that the design will include a metal frame with a design of segmentation more complex, new procedures in the trenches, and injection molding, and a cover assembly made of glass or sapphire to protect the structure.“ The analyst had previously stated that “the metal frame and the glass front and rear 2 / 2.5 D are still used, but the surface of the metal frame will be changed with a design similar to that of the iPhone 4, replacing the current surface design“.

Because of the changes, Kuo considers that the cost of construction for the metal frame will increase between 50% and 60%, while the cost of the houses, the glass will increase between 40% and 50%. If you are using tempered glass for the fluted cover, the cost of the central frame and metal of the chassis may rise, respectively, from 25% to 35% and from 20% to 30%.

According to the predictions of Kuo, the new design will help to improve the revenue and profitability of suppliers, and could help increase shipments of 85 million units in 2020, 10 million more than 75 million calculated in 2019.

Kuo also provides for the use of rangefinders VCSEL sensors, time-of-flight, offering both photo-quality applications of augmented reality. According to the analyst also, the iPhone of 2020 will be a notch smaller and the model of 2021 will be equipped with a full-screen display.

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