Round 60% of all iPhone 13 shipments with mmWave 5G antennas
The majority of countries busy with the adoption of 5G have kept the sub-6 GHz standard due to its easier deployment and greater reliability compared to mmWave networks due to the greater range. However, mmWave 5G continues to dominate sheer speed, and Apple is likely to want greater adoption of the standard in different regions. That’s why, according to a new report, around 60 percent of iPhone 13 shipments will include mmWave 5G antennas.
Apple has reportedly won five suppliers of mmWave 5G antenna substrates for the new iPhone 13 series
According to DigiTimes, Apple has won AT&S as the new supplier of BT-based antenna-in-package substrates for the new iPhone 13 series, with the total number of suppliers now standing at five. The addition of a supplier is expected to increase Apple’s production of mmWave 5G-enabled iPhone 13 models.
“Apple is expected to significantly increase the ratio of 5G mmWave devices to 60% of its new iPhone lineup in 2021, with such models estimated to approach around 90 million units, the sources said, adding that every mmWave- iPhone requires four AiP modules, considerably. “Increasing demand for AiP substrates.”
Due to the increasing demand, Apple is also to introduce mmWave 5G antennas on other iPhone 13 models in 2021. That advance was temporarily halted in 2020 due to the global health crisis, but as the US and Europe roll out 5G in multiple locations, Apple wants the faster standard to roll out in more countries.
It’s likely that the mmWave 5G rollout won’t pick up at the same pace as Apple’s expectations due to high infrastructure costs. For example, there must be a mmWave 5G node every few meters for optimal performance. At the moment, South Korea, China, and the United States top the 5G deployment tables, but in a few years we will see that table grow in number.
News source: DigiTimes