The Ming-Chi Kuo analyst is the most reliable source of rumors for Apple. She had previously predicted that the company would sell three different iPhones well over a year ago. Now, he's betting that we'll see the first 5G iPhones by 2020, although the original 5G modem provider from Apple is no longer manufacturing them (via MacRumeurs and 9to5Mac).
You see, we had already heard that Apple could have an iPhone 5G by 2020, but it was planned to use an Intel radio chip – what we have learned since will not happen anymore, because Apple instead chose to use Qualcomm, forcing Intel to close its 5G modems store. It has cost a lot: Apple has agreed to settle all pending lawsuits against Qualcomm and has spent at least $ 4.5 billion to secure the chip maker's cooperation, in the interest of the future of the iPhone. . The reshuffle left us with big questions, including when we could see the first iPhone 5G now that Apple has to scramble to swap its Intel radios.
If Kuo is right, the answer is: "Respect the schedule". According to Kuo's predictions, a new 5.4-inch smaller iPhone and an even larger 6.7-inch iPhone will benefit from 5G support. (Looks like the XS is getting smaller and the Max is getting larger, depending on the size of these screens.) Now – will present the bright colors and blacks of OLED screens , as opposed to the cheaper LCD panel that you see in the XR today and that would remain for the 2019 model.
This means that each iPhone will theoretically have an OLED panel by 2020. Kuo expects all of them to have 5G support by 2021, with Apple having the ability to switch Qualcomm radios to its own internal modems in 2022 or 2023.
From what we've seen from the 5G to the present, 2020 does not seem too late to introduce a 5G phone.