Apple’s next iPhone, expected in late 2018, could have enhanced wireless connectivity.
It’d be in preparation for what’s coming from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The major carriers in the United States are preparing to launch 5G networks within the next few years. Right now they’re laying the groundwork for the next-gen technologies, and many of them intend to go live with their 5G networks in 2019.
Even now these carriers have increased upload and download speeds for devices that support it. The iPhone for next year could be Apple’s first to take advantage of stronger, faster speeds.
Ming-Chi Kuo, the well-known analyst at KGI Securities, points out that Apple will be adding two companies to create special frames for products in 2018. Catcher and Casetek are believed to be the new additions. Casetek still has to receive certification, but the company could be rewarded a contract to provide the next iPhone’s metal frame and assemble the case. If that does happen, Catcher would be tasked with working on 2018’s iMac line and possibly Apple’s unannounced augmented reality product.
The new metal frame would allow the 2018 iPhone to maintain better connections to wireless networks, whether that’s from a carrier or WiFi. Kuo’s note, which was obtained by Apple Insider, says an improvement to “transmission and reception” is the focus. Apple just needs more suppliers to complete its plan.
Currently there’s a trend, especially from T-Mobile, to implement 4×4 MIMO. It’s a technology that increases the amount of data transferred between devices and networks at any given time. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 ship with support, but Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X do not.
In 2018, the iPhone should finally be compatible as long as the custom-made casing is developed.