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Why You Should Believe This Apple iPhone Rumor
It’s one of those so-called insider rumors that make absolute sense and plausibility but it means absolute nothing of importance.
Zero. Nada. Zilch.
Relative to iPhone XS Max and iPhone XS, iPhone XR has a different antenna system.
While both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max support gigabit LTE download speeds by way of a 4×4 MIMO antenna, the iPhone XR (which uses the same exact cellular modem chip as the XS and XS Max) is held back by a less-sophisticated 2×2 MIMO antenna.
Who knew? Who cares?
We’re talking theoretical downloads speeds, not real world download speeds. iPhone XR’s antenna system might be less sophisticated but not one person out of 1,000 will ever know the difference because the internet we know and love never reaches those speeds anyway.
Eassa goes on to describe how Broadcom supplies Apple with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combination chips and other radio frequency chips that are critical to smartphone wireless subsystems. Whether or not Apple uses the latest and greatest chips available, or whether or not the rumors are correct does not amount to a hill of beans.
Theoretical download speeds– cellular or Wi-Fi– are not the speeds you’ll get from your cellphone carrier or your internet service provider’s Wi-Fi connection. Or, Wi-Fi anywhere. In general, the internet just isn’t that fast.
I addition to coping with a less-than-ideal smartphone market as well as macroeconomic headwinds, Apple’s iPhone is simply losing ground in China to fierce competitors.
Where are the numbers to support that assertion?
Yes, competition is fierce, but China seems to be entering its first big recession of the 21st century, and whether or not a specific bullet point for cellular or Wi-Fi speeds is built into the next iPhone model matters not.
If Apple wants to improve its competitive positioning in China, it likely needs to get more aggressive on the tech specs that it offers customers with products like the iPhone XR.
Rumors. From Barclays, nonetheless; definitely a bellwether of Apple’s future plans (hint: not).
That Barclays had to say about the wireless capabilities of the iPhone XR’s successor passes muster and is supported by both Broadcom’s statements as well as basic business sense.
That Apple will improve future features and capabilities in iPhones is a non-issue. They improve every year.
Improve. Every. Year.
With many other smartphone makers planning to offer 5G-capable smartphones this year while Apple will not, the least it can do is to make sure that its latest iPhones all support the same LTE Advanced capabilities.
Another non-starter rumor about future functionality that matters not. Today. 5G will not be a real world opportunity for any smartphone maker to brag about for a few years (for technical reasons, 5G is notoriously expensive to set up). Apple avoided 3G until the technology was mature. Apple avoided 4G LTE until it was mature. Mature means it worked well and didn’t suck up a day’s battery life in an hour.
5G will get here in abundance. But not this year. Not even next year. The rumors and hype over 5G will be here much sooner.