Many of you already know that the Apple iPhone 12 family, which is expected to be released in September of next year, will consist of three models that may have a Snapdragon X55 5G modem. Of course, this will result in a lot of changes in the internal design, which could pose challenges for Apple and, according to the latest report, could lead to larger and more expensive logic boards.
However, prospective customers may see a higher entry price for the iPhone 12 in 2020.
AppleInsider reports that one of the reasons why the original price of the iPhone 12 could rise is due to a 10 percent increase in the motherboard to be integrated with advanced and newer technologies such as a 5G, according to the latest release from the respected Apple Ming-Chi Kuo analyst -Modem.
Since the Apple A14 SoC manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm node does not have a built-in Snapdragon X55 5G modem, the chip must be found separately on the logic board and therefore requires more space, which increases its size, and that’s only an example
Expanding the motherboard, manufacturing process, and new technology could increase the cost of building this component by 35 percent. Of course, no matter how efficient the Snapdragon X55 is, unlike the Snapdragon X50, it will still generate a significant amount of heat.
Therefore, the addition of an improved cooling solution as well as a better circuit should increase these costs. AppleInsider now reports that an increase of 35 percent does not mean that the original price of the iPhone 12 will increase by the same amount. it’s just that the logic board manufacturing process gets more expensive.
It should be noted that other areas, such as Apple’s next generation A-Series silicon, along with these OLED displays, are expected to increase the initial price of the iPhone 12. After a previous rumor, all models are expected to arrive next year, possibly in September.
They are shipped with an OLED screen, which adds even more to the cost of production, since an LCD panel will not be part of the production unless we talk about the iPhone SE 2.
Regarding Apple’s suppliers, the report indicates that the company is currently a partner. Avary, EMC and AT & S are expected to deliver the logic boards.
Kuo talked about the presence of a new metal frame similar to the iPhone 4 for the iPhone 12 series, which could improve overall aesthetics but be expensive to manufacture. In addition, a new design and improved cameras should also lead to a general increase in the original price of the iPhone 12.
It is therefore not recommended to believe that only a bulkier and more expensive motherboard will be responsible for this apparent price increase of components.
In any case, you should treat this information with a pinch of salt for the time being and we will come back to it with more details in the future. For the time being, let us know in the comments whether raising the original iPhone 12 price next year will lead to discouraging customers.