Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Adopt New MPI Antenna Technology, Combined With Existing LCP Components

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a new report over the weekend, related to the introduction of new antenna technology that could be coming in next year's iPhone lineup. According to the analyst, Modified PI (MPI) will replace Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) to become the mainstream antenna technology for the 2019 iPhones, but LCP will still be found in the smartphones.

Kuo says that complicated production processes of LCP and Apple's lower bargaining power against LCP material suppliers will contribute to this change. LCP is also said to be more brittle and as such unfavorable for module production yield rate, so improving these rates has the chance to lower the antenna's performance based on current technology limitations.

In total, Kuo believes that there will be a mix of LCP and MPI antennae in the upcoming 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.1-inch iPhone models for 2019: four MPI antennae and two LCP antennae. Currently, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are equipped with six LCP antennae. With the switch, LCP shipments for the new iPhones in 2019 will decrease by at least 70 percent year-on-year.

As we enter the era of 5G, Kuo estimates that both MPI and LCP "will coexist" during the transition to the new wireless communications standard. While the market is reportedly confident that the coming 5G era will boost LCP materials growth, Kuo says this expectation may be corrected because many mid-range and low-end smartphones will likely switch to MPI antennae during the transition from 4G to 5G.

Besides antennae, current rumors for the 2019 iPhones again predict three models will launch next year: two OLED models (5.8-inch and 6.5-inch) and one LCD model (6.1-inch). Kuo has previously predicted that the 2019 iPhones will feature a new flood illuminator that will improve Face ID by lowering the impact of the invisible light from the environment, and the notch on these models could be smaller as Apple may combine the front-facing camera and the Face ID sensors.

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25 months ago
Basically, Apple is going with a new antenna design to improve their profit margins and not to improve performance.
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25 months ago
What a badly written article (Sorry MR), it says what LCP is (Liquid Crystal Polymer) but not what MPI is, yes, Modified pi but what is pi. (No not... 3.14....)
And, explain what the differences are, and advantages-disadvatages, give us a bit more about this new technology.
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25 months ago

Still struggling to already shift my mindset again towards new iPhone 2019 discussions and rumors. Just being busy experiencing our new XS and XR phones in the family to be honest.

I can enjoy my new phone and be interested in next year’s phone at the same time. Am I a freak??
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25 months ago
This is great news. The current antenna design leaves much to be desired!
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25 months ago

Where is the article saying Ming-Chi Kuo was wrong about a new low cost Apple notebook? What price did he say again? Why stay silent on this detail?

Kuo has good sources in the supply chain so he often gets component info right, but his guesses on prices are always suspect. Apple never shares pricing info with suppliers, so Kuo can only guess on price.
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25 months ago

I can enjoy my new phone and be interested in next year’s phone at the same time. Am I a freak??

Yes, yes you are!

Just joking mate
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