IPhone capacitor supplier looks forward to strong 2020 with next 5G demand

One of Apple’s suppliers expects a year of lucrative activity in 2020 thanks to the wave of 5G smartphones that should enter production, including the iPhone 12. China will lead the way with orders for components necessary for 5G devices in early 2020, Apple is expected to place component orders mid-year.

Apple supplier Taiyo Yuden Co. is producing ceramic capacitors for iPhones, other smartphone manufacturers, automakers and more and is preparing for a record year due to all the 5G smartphones and other devices that will be delivered next year.

As reported by Bloomberg, 5G smartphones use around 30% more capacitors than 4G smartphones and Japanese Taiyo Yuden will benefit from the increased demand.

Multilayer ceramic capacitors, or MLCCs, manufactured by Taiyo Yuden are building blocks of the modern world. Tiny components in metal plates, they are used in electronic circuits to stabilize the voltage and the flow of power.

Taiyo Yuden has had a record year of growth and revenue and next year should see only this increase. Company CEO Shoichi Tosaka said Huawei and Samsung will increase capacitor orders as they lead the charge for 5G as he expects Apple to place component orders in June before the flagship versions of autumn.

With 5G, a completely new design should be one of the other major changes for next year’s iPhones. Earlier this week, we saw what were claimed to be the first iPhone 12 case designs. The evidence isn’t as solid as last year when we saw the leaked iPhone 11 design in January come from a direct source, but that could be a glimpse of what’s going to happen.

We learned last fall that the iPhone 12 should have the “most advanced 5G chip” that will be provided by Qualcomm. Last month, a reliable analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, shed light on Apple’s upcoming antenna design for the iPhone 12 and forecasts for the composition of the 5G iPhones in total iPhone shipments.

And Apple has reportedly told suppliers to get more than 100 million iPhone 5G shipments in 2020, which would be a significant jump from 2019 numbers for the iPhone 11 lineup.

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