Apple appears to be intent on reducing the production costs of the next iPhone 12 at all, which would have risen considerably due to the inclusion of support for 5G network connectivity. The latest report by the well-known analyst gives us a clearer overview of the scenario Ming-Chi Kuo, which allows us to understand exactly how much the increase in question amounts to.
According to the report, this is an additional $ 75-85 due to the inclusion of the materials needed to support 5G sub 6GHz, while another $ 125-135 must be added for the components dedicated to supporting millimeter waves. This is therefore an increase of about 200 dollars (in the best scenario) that Apple wants to avoid falling directly into the consumer's pockets, in order to avoid an increase in the already particularly high prices of its smartphones.
According to Kuo's rumors, it seems that one of the paths taken by the Cupertino company plans to use less expensive batteries on the iPhones of 2020 and even 2021. The cost reduction is around 40-50% compared to the price of the components used on the current models, this is due to the use of a much simpler and cheaper battery controller motherboard, accompanied by a reduction in the size of the cells. In 2021, costs will be further reduced thanks to the integration of the controller in a flexible component, which will reduce the price of the component by 30-40% compared to that of 2020.
Of course, this will not be enough to offset the $ 200 increase – Apple will probably have to bear some of the expense if it wants to avoid cost increases – but other solutions are likely to be adopted as well. In the meantime, it seems that a similar work to reduce spending could also take place with the AirPods 3, which should integrate a SiP (System in Package) structure less expensive than the PCB adopted on the AirPods 2.