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New iPhones Next Year May Support Gigabit LTE

iPhonesAn analyst at KGI Securities believes that next year’s line of iPhones may support gigabit LTE, giving the devices incredibly fast Internet upload and download speeds.

AppleInsider reported that KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo made the statement in a note sent to investors early this week.

Kuo’s statement comes just after earlier revealed that Apple will be coming out with new iPhones in 2018.

(Read: KGI Says Apple to Launch 3 iPhones Next Year)

According to the AppleInsider report, Kuo said Apple “will likely upgrade its antenna design to include flexible circuit boards crafted from liquid crystal polymer (LCP).”

AppleInsider pointed out that unlike polyamide Field Programmable Circuit Board (FPCBs), LCP models have “superior frequency attenuation, thermal performance, and moisture resistance.”

Kuo pointed out that Apple currently uses two LCP FCPBs in iPhone X, while the iPhone 8 series has a single LCP module.

iPhone X – the 10th anniversary model of the iPhone line – was launched early this month, along with the iPhone 8 series.

(Read: Apple Plans to Make iPhones and MacBooks From Recycled Materials)

In 2018, Kuo said Apple “is expected to include at least two LCP LTE antenna modules per device, if not more,” adding that “the hardware will feature higher specifications to support 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.”

Effect of Internal Changes

Mashable said the internal changes sound like Greek to a layperson but it’s the effect that it will have that’s significant.

The site said that with gigabit LTE, a user “could see downloads as fast as 1Gbps.”

And with such speed, Mashable cited T-Mobile as saying that “a two-hour movie could be downloaded in 15 seconds.”

What’s Next?

Apple is releasing a new line of iPhones next year that will have super fast upload and download Internet speeds by allowing the devices to support gigabit LTE, according to an analyst.

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