Apple won't release a 5G iPhone until at least 2020: Bloomberg

Apple won't release a 5G iPhone until at least 2020: Bloomberg
The iPhone XS and XS Max

When it comes to next-generation networks, Apple is always one of the last to embrace them. Despite its availability, the company chose not to support 3G networks until the second-generation iPhone. Similarly, Apple didn’t adopt 4G LTE networks until 2012’s iPhone 5 – a full two years after the first 4G-ready smartphones hit the market. Now, with 5G networks just around the corner, a report by Bloomberg suggests a similar scenario could once again occur.

Due to the higher quality of second-gen modems and the lack of coverage that usually comes with the initial network deployment, the first iPhones with 5G support aren’t expected to arrive until at least 2020. Apple believes that the lack of quality coverage could make consumers considerably less compelled to make the switch, something that in turn could hurt iPhone sales significantly.

Alongside this, it’s claimed that Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm has played a part in the decision. At the moment, the Cupertino-based giant is exclusively using Intel models in newer smartphones. Unfortunately, the latter’s 5G chips won’t be ready until 2020, making a 5G iPhone in 2019 impossible without the help of Qualcomm or a different rival.

Alternatively, it was recently reported that Apple may be working on its own 5G modem. The company posted a number of job listings last month which specifically mentioned wireless networks including LTE and 5G. The company itself hasn’t confirmed any plans to create an in-house modem just yet but, if it is under development, a launch in 2020 wouldn’t be surprising.

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10 Comments

3. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Faster is alway better, however is it need it for average joe? Probably not, the reason is data cap, 5G 6G xxG you want without resources to feed it it is quite useless. Anyway, moving forward is our best as intelligent being.

4. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Good, no need to release it until the wide availability of 5G service all around

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31337; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope Apple gets back into Qualcomm's good Grace's, cause the Intel modems absolutely suck. These cellular outages are happening more and more, and its clear by now, that it's a hardware issue not software. My Max is sucking big time in the internet connection area. Go back to Qualcomm Apple, just give them what they want, cause this itlntel scrap sucks.

7. Wazupmrg

Posts: 189; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Because of course they'd be late to the party like every other technology. But you get something bright and shiny, right sheep?

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

5G will be a non entity until 2020 so it’s no big deal.

11. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Apple always getting back. As ever

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