Although we are still a few months away from the next generation “iPhone 13”, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O’Malley, Tim Long and their associates presented some expectations for the devices based on discussions with several Apple suppliers.
First, analysts said the iPhone 13 could support Wi-Fi 6E, giving the Skyworks radio chip maker an opportunity.
Wi-Fi 6E offers Wi-Fi 6 features and capabilities, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates in the extended 6 GHz band. The extra spectrum will provide much more airspace beyond the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, resulting in increased bandwidth and less interference for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E.
“The 6 GHz band will probably be the most disruptive for Wi-Fi users in 20 years,” said Vijay Nagarajan, chief executive of chipmaker Broadcom, in January. “This spectrum band, when paired with Wi-Fi, will fuel new consumer experiences on smartphones, AR / VR devices and portable devices that we haven’t even invented yet.”
“The rise of Wi-Fi 6 in the 6 GHz spectrum is a game changer for two reasons – the availability of additional channels and the ability to ultimately use 160Mhz for high-bandwidth applications such as AR and VR,” he said. said Jayanthi Srinivasan, Cisco executive.
Both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 range support the standard, non-6 GHz version of Wi-Fi 6, just like the second-generation iPhone SE.
Analysts have also indicated that audio chip maker Cirrus Logic will provide a new power conversion chip for at least some iPhone 13 models, although it is unclear whether this move would have any obvious benefit to consumers.
As for the iPhone SE, analysts believe that Apple does not intend to refresh the device in the near future. Analysts said that although they heard about a potential iPhone SE with a larger screen, which is rumored to have a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch screen, the device was not mentioned in any of their discussions with suppliers. Apple. In April, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the larger iPhone SE was delayed until the second half of 2021.
Barclays analysts were the first to say that Apple intends to no longer include an iPhone charger. In the past, they have also revealed the True Tone that comes on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the removal of the headphone jack adapter with the iPhone XS and iPhone XR models and the removal of 3D Touch on all iPhone 11 models.