In a note to investors that was sent out yesterday, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI said that 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded LCP (liquid crystal polymer) antenna module, which will contribute faster LTE transmission speed. 


The new iPhone model will use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, just like the iPhone X, while with improvements in support of the 4x4 MIMO standard. 4x4 MIMO, or Multiple-Input Multiple-Output has the potential to significantly improve LTE transmission speeds by increasing the number of data paths between a cellular tower and an iOS device to four.

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. 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 4x4 MIMO standards.

Last week, Kuo expects Apple to use the Intel XMM 7560 and Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modems for its next-generation iOS devices, resulting in faster LTE speeds. Both chips support the 4x4 MIMO technology which mentioned earlier, while the current iPhone models support 2x2 MIMO.

In his previous report, He said that Apple is working on three new iPhone models for 2018, including a 5.8-inch OLED model similar to the current iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED models, considered "iPhone X Plus", and a new 6.1-inch LCD models, designed to be sold at a lower price. They will include edge-to-edge iPhone X-style displays and Face ID support.

Via MacRumors, Image Credit MR

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