According to the reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is now planning TF International, Apple iPhone 2019 models will use a different set of antenna technology. The iPhone 2018 handhelds, which include iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, employ 6 Crystal Polymer Liquid (LCP) antennas. The client's Kuo report was seen by AppleInsider, and the analyst tells clients that next year's iPhone units will keep a pair of LCP antennas and use Polyimide Modif (MPI) technology for the four antenas and the rest.
The analyst lists several reasons for the change. Kuo notes that LCP antennas are hard to produce and they are dirty. MPI antennas are easier for production and have higher product rates. If Kuo is OK, and Apple is changing to a mix of 4 MPI antennas and 2 LCP antennas for iPhones next year, less than 70% will reduce L L antenna to LCP during the second half of 2019.
Originally, Apple went to LCP antennas with Apple iPhone X 2017. Adding MPI antennae would increase the number of antenna suppliers used by Apple from two to five. The company wants to add suppliers because it gives it an advantage when discussing prices, and it allows Apple to get second suppliers if there is a shortage of some components.