Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Adopt New MPI Antenna Technology, Combined With Existing LCP Components

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a new report over the weekend, related to the introduction of new antenna technology that could be coming in next year's iPhone lineup. According to the analyst, Modified PI (MPI) will replace Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) to become the mainstream antenna technology for the 2019 iPhones, but LCP will still be found in the smartphones.

    Kuo says that complicated production processes of LCP and Apple's lower bargaining power against LCP material suppliers will contribute to this change. LCP is also said to be more brittle and as such unfavorable for module production yield rate, so improving these rates has the chance to lower the antenna's performance based on current technology limitations.

    In total, Kuo believes that there will be a mix of LCP and MPI antennae in the upcoming 6.5-inch, 5.8-inch, and 6.1-inch iPhone models for 2019: four MPI antennae and two LCP antennae. Currently, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are equipped with six LCP antennae. With the switch, LCP shipments for the new iPhones in 2019 will decrease by at least 70 percent year-on-year.

    As we enter the era of 5G, Kuo estimates that both MPI and LCP "will coexist" during the transition to the new wireless communications standard. While the market is reportedly confident that the coming 5G era will boost LCP materials growth, Kuo says this expectation may be corrected because many mid-range and low-end smartphones will likely switch to MPI antennae during the transition from 4G to 5G.

    Besides antennae, current rumors for the 2019 iPhones again predict three models will launch next year: two OLED models (5.8-inch and 6.5-inch) and one LCD model (6.1-inch). Kuo has previously predicted that the 2019 iPhones will feature a new flood illuminator that will improve Face ID by lowering the impact of the invisible light from the environment, and the notch on these models could be smaller as Apple may combine the front-facing camera and the Face ID sensors.

    Article Link: Kuo: 2019 iPhones to Adopt New MPI Antenna Technology, Combined With Existing LCP Components
  2. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    This is great news. The current antenna design leaves much to be desired!
  3. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Still struggling to already shift my mindset again towards new iPhone 2019 discussions and rumors. Just being busy experiencing our new XS and XR phones in the family to be honest.
  4. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    I can enjoy my new phone and be interested in next year’s phone at the same time. Am I a freak??
  5. Joseph Rash macrumors member

    Joseph Rash

    Oct 23, 2016
    Yes, yes you are!

    Just joking mate
  6. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
    Where is the article saying Ming-Chi Kuo was wrong about a new low cost Apple notebook? What price did he say again? Why stay silent on this detail?
  7. justperry, Nov 12, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2018

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    What a badly written article (Sorry MR), it says what LCP is (Liquid Crystal Polymer) but not what MPI is, yes, Modified pi but what is pi. (No not... 3.14....)
    And, explain what the differences are, and advantages-disadvatages, give us a bit more about this new technology.
  8. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Basically, Apple is going with a new antenna design to improve their profit margins and not to improve performance.
  9. ivan_k Contributor


    Feb 24, 2016
    Berlin / Moscow
    I’d say rather a nerd:)
  10. lunarworks macrumors 68000

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    The article explains that MPI is short for "Modified PI", but what the hell is PI short for?
  11. radiologyman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    The way article worded, it sounds like only cheaper smartphones from other manufacturers will use it next year. Makes you suspect lower performance
  12. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Kuo has good sources in the supply chain so he often gets component info right, but his guesses on prices are always suspect. Apple never shares pricing info with suppliers, so Kuo can only guess on price.
  13. Shiro_Simba Suspended


    Sep 28, 2018
    Can’t very good sources in the supply chain if they could not identify a low cost laptop
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    Can’t very good sources in the supply chain if they could not identify a low cost laptop
  14. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    13” Mac notebook with smaller bezels was released as rumored, but it wasn’t $999 like the previous model, it was $1,199 instead. Kuo got the price wrong because he was simply guessing on the price.

    His supply chain sources have no idea what price Apple will charge, he just makes educated guesses. He has no sources in Cupertino that actually provide real information. I pay no attention to his guesses about prices.
  15. bm9703a macrumors newbie


    Mar 12, 2007
    FYI, "antennae" is usually for bugs and other biological uses. "Antennas" would be the proper word in this case.
  16. Enclavean macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2018
    Or maybe they suppliers do see them as low cost but Apple is over charging like crazy?

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