Analyst KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo said that in the lineup of the iPhone in 2018, Apple uses antennas made of liquid crystal polymer to increase the speed of LTE.
The iPhone X also has two such antennas, but in new models, Apple will also add support for 4 × 4 MIMO. Existing models support only 2 × 2 MIMO, although almost all Android flagships support 4 × 4 MIMO already. The company uses the Intel XM 7560 and Qualcomm X20 modems in the next year’s smartphone lineup. They will be able to provide high-speed LTE, and will also be able to support 4 × 4 MIMO. In addition to improving the speed of such updates will provide a more stable connection to networks.
Next year, Apple also plans to reduce the supply of Qualcomm and 70-80% of modems to buy from Intel. In addition, Kuo previously claimed that the future iPhone will have slots for two SIM-cards, which the company did not do before. Support for two SIM-cards is very relevant for India and China. It is on almost all smartphones, except for the iPhone. But, knowing Apple, we will not be surprised if new models of the iPhone generally contain an embedded electronic SIM-card.