KEY POINTS

  • Apple is anticipated to launch its iPhone 12 series on Sept. 2020
  • the iPhone 12 5G might be released without a crucial tech that could affect its upload speed, according to a new report
  • Apple's iPhone 12 series might house the 5nm-based A14 Bionic chip

Apple’s next flagship smartphone series is one of the most-awaited releases in the industry this year. The Cupertino company was successful in launching the iPhone 11 series last year and has even dominated emerging markets like India because of its strategic pricing. A new report claims that the iPhone 12 5G models might release without 2x2 MIMO support.

iPhone 12 5G Missing Feature

This year, the industry is anticipating the release of various devices equipped with 5G wireless network connectivity support. Other smartphone brands like Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi already launched their respective products equipped with 5G support. Apple is anticipated to also launch its iPhone 12 5G models in Sept. of this year.

However, if a new report is to go by, it looks like iPhone 12 5G models might be missing one important technology that could help it rival other brands. TFI Securities analyst and Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo is back once again with his predictions, but this time it appears that it is not good news for Apple fans. According to the Taiwan-based analyst, iPhone 12 5G models might not feature 2x2 MIMO technology.

Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Chinese consumers prefer the iPhone 11 because of its aggressive pricing. (Apple Senior Director of Product Marketing Kaiann Drance speaks onstage about the iPhone 11's cameras during a product launch event at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California) Photo: AFP / Josh Edelson

What Is MIMO Technology?

MIMO or Multiple-Input Multiple-Output technology is expected to be the main component of 5G networks. Unlike regular networks, a MIMO network has the ability to multiply the capacity without the need for more spectrum. Because of this, smartphones with MIMO has better data rates and has much more link reliability.

Ming-Chi Kuo earlier predicted that one of the iPhone 12 would feature 2x2 MIMO technology, but the analyst seems to back down on his earlier prediction. Considering that the 5G network is still at its infancy stage, the MIMO technology would significantly help the smartphone when it comes to upload speeds. The general idea is that Apple might not equip its iPhone 12 5G with this technology because there is no MIMO-equipped network commercially available today.

Other iPhone 12 5G Details

However, even without the support of 2x2 MIMO, iPhone 12 5G, along with other iPhone 12 models, are shaping to offer a lot of interesting features. The upcoming flagship smartphone series from Apple is anticipated to house the 5nm-based A14 Bionic chip from the Cupertino tech giant. It would be paired with Qualcomm Snapdragon’s X55 modem to offer support for the next generation of wireless networks.