2018 iPhones Will Reportedly feature Liquid Crystal LTE Antenna
Leaks and predictions should always be taken with a grain of salt. Until something is officially announced by the company in question, it’s best to assume that nothing is ever guaranteed. However, some predictions are more accurate than others and, when it comes to the future of the iPhone, few analysists have been more accurate with their predictions than Ming-Chi Kuo.
That’s why we’re very interested in Kuo’s latest prediction that the next version of the phone will feature an improved antenna system with liquid crystal polymer LTE modules. These improvements should allow the phone to deliver much faster LTE speed than even the current iPhone X.
“Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models”, Kuo’s note reads. “As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4×4 MIMO standards.”
This new prediction tracks with previous rumors that Apple would be working with Intel to develop 5G iPhones. While we can’t say that next year’s iPhones will be 5G, we actually think next year is a bit too early, it does show that Apple is interested increasing the LTE speed of its smartphones regardless of which system is being used.
This new LTE technology will presumably be available on all three versions of the iPhone that Apple is allegedly working on. It has been reported that next year’s lineup will include a second-generation iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model aimed at a lower price point. However, as of right now, none of these models have been confirmed.
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