All Apple iPhones to be released in 2022 will be 5G-capable as standard, a move which also includes the first revamp of its budget handset in over 2 years.
Shaking the Apple Tree
Apple is setting to boost sales of their chief product that makes up for over half of their revenue with the selling of a version of their popular cheapest handset – the iPhone SE – that will be compatible with next-generation communication standards. They will not introduce any further 4G models from 2022 onwards, as well as any updated versions of their premium smartphone iPhone Mini that failed to catch on with consumers.
The budget 5G iPhone is planning to launch in the first half of 2022 and will be powered by Apple’s A15 processor, the same chip in this year’s premium model iPhones. The 5G connectivity will be enabled by Qualcomm’s X60 modem chip.
Apple came into the 5G race as a late starter with their first 5G iPhone being released in 2020, a year following releases of 5G-Capable phones by competitors Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Xiaomi. The iPhone SE revamp will provide Apple with a full range of offerings for 5G.
At this time, Apple’s budget 5G iPhone will resemble the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch LCD in place of the more advanced OLED display that has been used for the first time on their iPhone 12 range last year.
Apple’s iPhone SE was introduced in 2016 at a relatively low price and proved to be a volume booster for the company in sales. Its 2020 version was released at $399, with the premium range iPhone Mini priced at $699, the most affordable within that range.
The difference with the iPhone Mini was in their sales volume which was a disappointment for the company. Production orders were slashed by the company towards the 5.4-inch model in early 2021 following much lower demand for the product than predicted. This resulted in a scale back on production plans for the 2021s Mini model compared to the previous year.
2021 will see the iPhone Mini phased out to be replaced by new versions of the iPhone Pro Max, keeping the premium iPhone models for 2022 at four.
In addition to the iPhone line shuffle, Apple is busy preparing updated versions of other products for the late 2021 release to tap into the economic pandemic recovery, including updated MacBook Pro and AirPods.
Mass production of 2021s iPhones began this month in line with the company’s production schedule, with an expected 95 million units between August and January expected to be produced.
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