5G iPhone 12 to outsell Apple's iPhone 11 series, feature Qualcomm modem
80 million 5G iPhones with the Snapdragon X55 modem
Despite early rumors which indicated Apple’s 5G network compatibility efforts would be limited to the premium iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, it is now believed the Cupertino-based company will add support to all 2020 iPhone models, including the direct successor to the iPhone 11.
Four people familiar with Apple’s plans revealed that next year’s iPhone 12 series will carry the Snapdragon X55 by Qualcomm. This component is referred to as the “most advanced 5G modem chip” on the market but the sources did warn that it faces a sudden increase in demand which could lead to supply constraints.
Faster and more efficient A14 Bionic, 6GB of RAM, and USB-C
For those of you that aren’t yet aware, the Snapdragon X55 modem mentioned above will introduce peak download speeds of 7GB/s and peak upload speeds of 3GB/s. These, however, will depend heavily on the carrier networks that the iPhones are connected to and various other factors.
Accompanying the all-important modem will be a new chipset – likely to be called the Apple A14 Bionic – that’ll reportedly be built upon the 5-nanometer manufacturing process rather than the existing 7-nanometer alternative. The key benefits to this switch should include higher clock speeds and significant efficiency improvements which, in turn, will help improve battery life.
Upgraded displays and improved camera setups
Starting with the premium 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro devices, reports indicated Apple is presently testing a variety of different Face ID setups that’ll replace the existing notch. Some use a noticeably smaller notch while others simply rely on a slightly thicker bezel that creates a more uniform design. The front panel will be coupled with a square-shaped camera module on the rear much like the one found on this year’s iPhone 11 Pro. However, to keep up with the competition, Apple is planning to add a fourth Time-of-Flight sensor that should further improve Portrait photos and benefit the company’s AR ambitions.