Apple to launch 75 million 5G iPhone range later this year
By Daisy Okanga | Apple Inc has asked suppliers to make at least 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year, along with new Apple Watch models, a new iPad Air and a smaller HomePod, according to the Bloomberg report.
The company expects shipments of these next-generation iPhones to reach as high as 80 million units in 2020.
Apple’s heft in consumer markets will likely help accelerate 5G use. The company typically ships between 75 and 80 million of its new iPhones each year. A total 260 million new 5G phones will produced worldwide.
While the COVID-19 outbreak has hammered the global economy and disrupted supply chains, Apple is seeing strong demand for iPhones, iPads and Mac computers from people working and studying remotely
The company has also been developing a new Apple TV box with a faster processor which will be used to improve gaming and an upgraded remote control, although it might not ship until next year, Bloomberg reported.
The four new phones will be split into two basic and two high-end models for the first time, and all will feature OLED displays with improved color and clarity.
The two regular iPhones will come in a new 5.4-inch size and a 6.1-inch option, while the Pro devices will offer a choice of a 6.1-inch or an enlarged 6.7-inch display, which will be the largest Apple’s ever put in an iPhone.
5G is central in the creation an “internet of things” that will make possible remote surgery, driverless cars and other advanced applications of artificial intelligence.
China is more advanced than most countries in installing 5G capabilities. By 2025, London-based GSMA estimates that China will have 600 million 5G subscribers, about 40 per cent of the global total, the Financial Times has reported