Apple won’t make 5G iPhones until 2020
iPhone X (CREDITS: Jakarta Post)

According to reports, Apple Inc. won’t make 5G iPhones up until at least 2020. That means we aren’t getting iPhones that can connect to the next generation of cellular connectivity coming next year.

Earlier rumours said an iPhone released in 2020 would be the likeliest to have support for the 5G service. Though mobile carriers and Android rivals are heading for the new technology next year, Apple seems unperturbed.

An analyst from Gartner Inc., Mark Hung, had something to say on this. “Apple has always been a laggard in cellular technology. They weren’t impacted in the past, but 5G is going to be much easier to market. But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they’ll be impacted.” he said.

Perhaps, they’re testing waters with this one, just they did with the 3G and 4G. Apple’s deductions for not embracing previous connectivity generations outright were that the new networks would come with problems. For example, problem like spotty coverage.
That would make consumers less interested. And their theory was proven correct.

But this time, 5G advocates are arguing otherwise. The advocates claim this time it’s a much bigger speed upgrade.

Bloomberg also suggest that Apple sitting on the fence may related to ongoing dispute with Qualcomm Inc. Qualcomm Inc. is the leader in 5G-enabled chips. Intel is most likely to produce the 5G chips for Apple. And Intel also won’t have chips available in time to support 2019 phones. So, perhaps, Apple is waiting on Intel.

Samsung and Huawei, are investing heavily in 5G and can produce the 5G modems for Apple. But they also have their own line-up of smartphones actively competing with Apple’s on the market.

And Apple is also unlikely to use competitor’s chips. So it seems iPhone lovers would have to wait 2020 to get their hands 5G iPhone.



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