Apple will redesign the antenna structure in 2019 iPhones

The iPhone XR XS and XS Max are getting new antenna technology according to an Apple analyst.                  Angela Lang  CNET

The iPhone XR XS and XS Max are getting new antenna technology according to an Apple analyst. Angela Lang CNET

Keep it AppleMagazine for the latest on iPhone and iPad, every week. Most of the company's announcements were about its new and improved services to arrive later this year.

The new iPhone will be better able to get an accurate Global Positioning System signal within buildings to navigate, according to information from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Monday. The TF Securities analyst briefed investors on the change in a note this week, MacRumors reports.

The existing iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are now using liquid crystal polymer (LCP) which caused limitations in terms of the radio performance.

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According to Kuo, the LCP limits the Radio Frequency (RF) performance of the handsets due to technology limitations and production issues, CNET reported on Sunday.

Modified PI (MPI) is much easier to be manufactured than LCP, and also more affordable, and even though LCP has, in theory, a much better execution, it doesn't look like it progressed as Apple thought it should. So Apple is expecting that the Qualcomm's chipset will power the cellular category on the next 5G iPhones. But all this seems to be a temporary move by Apple. Nonetheless, Kuo has indicated that planned iPad Pro upgrades for next year will be utilizing flexible circuit boards, with the analyst also confirming the presence of LCP components as part of the whole contraption. These will improve the performance of 2019 iPhones when it comes to indoor navigation.

Kuo, in one of his statements also added that Apple has to bear a 10-20 percent increase in cost year-over-year for the modifications that it will do in the antenna of its upcoming iPhones. And consumers shouldn't be able to tell the difference. Here's what we know about this potential iPhone 11 development. Nonetheless if there's a way to coax more performance out of the 2019 iPhone radios without needing 5G quite yet, that could help Apple hold off criticisms that it hasn't embraced the next-generation network technology quite as eagerly as its Android rivals.

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