2019 Apple iPhones to use different mix of antenna tech to lower production costs, raise yields?

2019 Apple iPhones to use different mix of antenna tech to lower production costs, raise yields?
According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who now toils for TF International, the 2019 Apple iPhone models will use a different set up of antenna technology. The 2018 iPhone handsets, which include the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, employ 6 Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antennas. Kuo's report to clients was seen by AppleInsider, and the analyst is telling clients that next year's iPhone units will keep a pair of LCP antennas and use Modified Polyimide (MPI) technology for the four remaining antennas.

The analyst lists several reasons for the change. Kuo notes that LCP antennas are hard to manufacture and are brittle. MPI antennas are easier to produce and have higher yield rates. If Kuo is right, and Apple switches to a mix of 4 MPI antennas and 2 LCP antennas for next year's iPhones, shipments to Apple of LCP antennas will decline by more than 70% during the second half of 2019.


Apple originally went to LCP antennas with 2017's Apple iPhone X. Adding MPI antennas would expand the number of antenna suppliers used by Apple from two to five. The company likes to add suppliers because it gives it an advantage when negotiating pricing, and allows Apple to have alternate suppliers in case there is a shortage of certain components.

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22 Comments

1. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Lower production cost. Increase price. Profit. Good job

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

$2000 iPhone is next!

10. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Android: lower production cost, volume sale, decrease price, still no profit. Not good.

2. Chris_ABN

Posts: 192; Member since: May 16, 2018

And they'll charge you more for it to.

3. Avieshek unregistered

And no 5G `\("/.)/’

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Not mainstream yet moron. Does your 4G sucks that you really need 5G?

5. Nokfan1603

Posts: 58; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

I like to buy a phone that is future proof.

18. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

But why, u r gonna change it in 2 yrs anyway..

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's called "planned obsolescence". You'll need to replace your 2019's iPhone with 2020's iPhone to enjoy 5G..

21. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Uhh, that’s not planned obsolescence. You want examples of that, turn to the vast majority of non-iPhones no longer receiving support after 12 months (as opposed to 60+). That doesn’t even take into account the vast majority of non-iPhones get released with 6-12 month old software out of the box. What a joke

6. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

@Peaceboy it will be mainstream by the time they launch the 2019 iphones, moron.

7. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

"it will be mainstream by the time they launch the 2020 iphones" FTFY

11. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

5G will be mainstream by 2020. Moron. Apple is not android who is in the race of having the first and yet useless. Iphone is future proof already. See iphone 5s. Its not android who is usable for a year.

12. Alcyone

Posts: 386; Member since: May 10, 2018

Yeah, if you say so. My 5s was unusable after about a year. Stupid crap couldn't last a day with a charge. Sure, enough the battery was going bad. Instead of wasting my time, I put it in the trash. And with my job android does more of what I need. Fair to say, so long ios. Needs a lot of software upgrades. Mainly, true multi task and widgets. Keep your child's toy and pay the outlandish prices. Sheeple. Btw, I'm not the "moron".

22. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

That was a cute story.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is a company, Android is an OS...moron. Before Apple goes 5G, it needs to replace those crappy Intel modems, by going back to Qualcomm. Android is usable for way more than a year, and doesn’t get throttled after just over a year. Be careful, when you post dumb ass posts like post 11, cause I won’t hesitate check your trolling ass. Typed from my 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No sense trying to tell him anything. He is a want to be apple fanboy.

9. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Or probably to fix the s**tty reception that myself and others on VZW are experiencing. My iPhone 7 got much better reception. Could also be due to using intel modems this time around vs Qualcomm.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Split view, picture in picture, pencil support, screen off memo, floating windows, free placed widgets. We know know Apple will never implement these things. iOS will never be what it could be.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They won't implement it, they'll invent it instead.

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