Apple won't release a 5G iPhone until at least 2020: Bloomberg6
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.