Apple iPhone 2018 model likely to boast dual-SIM support

Mae Love
November 22, 2017

It brought many a new features, like the fingerprint scanner for once (with the iPhone 5S), and also omitted some (read 3.5mm headphone jack).

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out with what he refers to as "part two" of his analysis into Apple's work on creating a 5G iPhone and what the near future holds.

KGI's report last week explained that Intel will likely provide 70 percent to 80 percent of the new baseband chips for iPhone.

It is also possible that the iPhone next year will support one SIM slot and one eSIM.

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Kuo's latest research note, which was first picked up by MacRumors, says the new chips will come with 4 x 4 MIMO technology (compared to only 2 x 2 MIMO in the latest iPhone models) which allows for faster LTE transmission speeds.

It was earlier rumoured that Apple is looking at Intel for supplying a majority of the chips, which could be because of Apple's ongoing legal tussle with Qualcomm. What is interesting here is that hidden in this report there is information that the next year's iPhone will come with dual-SIM support, which if true, will be first ever iPhone to do so.

It seems like Apple may have just started listening to its customers, as a new report has surfaced stating that the iPhones due in 2018 may come with dual-SIM support, something that users have been asking for quite sometime now. Currently, several high-end Android devices on the market support 4×4 MIMO technology, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone X lag behind at 2×2 tech. Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.

In addition to supporting higher LTE speeds, the 2018 iPhones could gain another feature that Apple has so far not been too keen on offering - dual-SIM support.

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