Citing sources familiar with the matter, a new report by Nikkei Asia is claiming that Apple is planning to add 5G capabilities to all of its iPhone models releasing in 2022 in an effort to boost worldwide sales of its best-selling product.
Instead of releasing any new 4G models next year, Apple will begin selling a 5G version of its cheapest handset, the iPhone SE, said sources familiar with the company’s plans. Apple is also expected to discontinue the iPhone mini next year “after the premium smartphone with a smaller screen failed to catch on with consumers,” they added.
The sources also noted that the budget 5G iPhone will hit the market as early as the first half of 2022. It will be powered by Apple’s current-generation A15 SoC, whereas its 5G connectivity will be enabled by Qualcomm’s X60 modem.
Like previous SE models, Apple’s budget 5G iPhone will look like a refreshed version of the iPhone 8 and have a 4.7-inch liquid crystal diode (LCD) display, rather than the more advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, according to four people familiar with the plans. Apple used only OLED screens for its first 5G range, the iPhone 12, released last year.
The report also notes that Apple is preparing updated versions of other products for release in the second half of 2021, including all-new MacBook Pros and a new version of AirPods.