Seems Apple will change the iPhone release cycle. Two new iPhones were released in the first half, and two more were released in the second half. The Cupertino-based company has started following this strategy for a certain reason. The shorter period of adjusting the product is to quickly respond to market feedback. According to the supply chain rumors, Apple is ready to launch 5G iPhones. There are four models in total, and the total stock is expected to reach 120 million units.
At the same time, the industry chain sources revealed that there will be a wave of 5G smartphone replacements next year. In order to seize this opportunity, Apple is not willing to fall behind. So it has planned 4 models. And next year may also trigger the iPhone family’s biggest wave of phone replacements after the iPhone 6.
The latest news also mentioned that four new iPhones planned by Apple will use Qualcomm baseband. The model is expected to be X55. So it will support SA and NSA dual-mode networks. However, compared to Huawei, Qualcomm has not yet integrated 5G baseband into the processor.
Due to the use of the latest baseband, Apple’s new iPhone will get rid of the signal problem. At the same time, the number of antennas of the new machine will also be greatly increased, and the requirements on the headroom will also be reduced. Apple will equip the new iPhone with three LCPs and support the millimeter-wave high-frequency band. This will significantly increase the speed of the Internet.
How Much Will Cost the 5G iPhones?
As for the price, the same sources mentioned that although the new iPhones will support 5G, Apple is also actively controlling the price of new machines. The result is that the new machines will not be much more expensive than the 2019 models. In China, the most expensive model costs 13,000 yuan ($1854).
In addition, some analysts also said that the four new iPhones that Apple will release next year will include a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones, and a 6.7-inch iPhone. Two of them are high-end models (6.1-inch and 6.7-inch variants) and they come with millimeter-wave support, a triple camera system, and a 3D lens. The other two are considered to be lower-end models (6.1-inch and 5.4-inch variants) and they will only support the slower Sub-6GHz 5G standard, coming with a dual-camera and no 3D lens.
What Else Besides 5G iPhones?
In addition to the four new models mentioned above, Apple may have an entry-level iPhone SE2 to be released next year, around March 2020. The design and hardware specs of the iPhone SE2 is very similar to the iPhone 8. For example, it is equipped with a 4.7-inch screen, and it provides two storage versions of 64GB and 128GB. As for color options, it will be available in deep gray, white, and red. The 3D Touch module will be removed, and the parameters were also upgraded to some extent. It will come with an A13 processor and a 3GB memory.
The upcoming iPhone SE2 is expected to become the best upgrade option for the existing iPhone 6 and 6S series of about 170-200 million users. After all, the configuration is higher and the price is relatively cheap. The price is expected to be less than 3,000 yuan ($428).
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)
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