Apple Won't Release a 5G iPhone Until 2020 at the Earliest [Report]

Apple Won't Release a 5G iPhone Until 2020 at the Earliest [Report]

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Apple plans to wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G compatible iPhone, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The delay could give rivals like Samsung an edge as carriers introduce their 5G networks next year.

Notably, Apple also waited a while before introducing iPhones with support for 3G and 4G networks.

Apple’s previous calculations -- proven correct -- were that the new networks and the first versions of rival smartphones would come with problems such as spotty coverage, making consumers less compelled to immediately make the jump. This time, 5G boosters argue the switch is a much bigger speed upgrade, making Apple’s decision to wait riskier. The networks will open the floodgates to new types of mobile computing, 5G advocates say.

“Apple has always been a laggard in cellular technology,” said Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner Inc. “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.”

Due to its legal battle with Qualcomm, Apple is expected to use Intel modems in its 5G iPhone. Intel recently announced that its XMM 8160 5G modem will be available in the second half of 2019 and will support speeds of up to 6 gigabits per second, three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems.

Apple is expected to select Intel as the exclusive provider of 5G modems for the 2020 iPhone which may use the next generation XMM 8161 modem.

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Apple Won't Release a 5G iPhone Until 2020 at the Earliest [Report]

damonart - December 4, 2018 at 1:32am
They”re waiting to see if Samsung is going to fry us up with their Microwave 5G so called technology! Bah...
Mang Domeng - December 3, 2018 at 8:41pm
I think I’ll have to hold on to my iPhone X until they release the 5G iPhones, then I’ll upgrade.
Mang Domeng - December 3, 2018 at 8:33pm
It doesn’t matter who comes first, what matters is who does it right.
A-Non-E-Moose - December 3, 2018 at 8:04pm
Gotta let the competitors introduce it first before Apple comes in to copy/perfect it.
Mang Domeng - December 3, 2018 at 8:39pm
I don’t think copy is the right term. They have already developed the tech ages ago. They just know when is the right time to release it. Look at what happened to Samsung’s face scan. They heard from leaks that the Apple will be releasing a facial recognition system and Samsung created and released their version before the iPhone’s. They didn’t know that the iPhone’s face id runs on infrared 3D tracking while Samsung’s rely on 2D image tracking which can be easily hacked by a photo.
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