Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone

Doris Richards
December 4, 2018

"Company executives moved some marketing staff from other projects to work on bolstering sales of the latest handsets in October, about a month after the iPhone XS went on sale and in the days around the launch of the iPhone XR, according to a person familiar with the situation", a new Bloomberg report explains.

"As with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of the new networks before its main product gets the capability to access them", Bloomberg's sources, who requested anonymity to discuss their knowledge on the record, confirmed.

This makes sense given Apple has utilized a similar strategy when it came to the rollout of 3G and 4G LTE technology in its smartphones.

The company's ongoing feud with 5G chipmaker Qualcomm (which will show off 5G this week at a conference in Hawaii) may also be a factor, the report noted, since Intel won't have chips ready for the 2019 iPhones.

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Earlier today, Samsung announced it was partnering with Verizon Communications, to launch the 5G-enabled phones in the first half of 2019. 5G networks are expected to reach up to 20Gbps download speeds.

The delay could hand an advantage to rival companies like Samsung and Huawei.

In the wake of this legal turmoil, Apple has reportedly shifted its reliance over to Intel for 5G chips however Intel has already confirmed that it won't have these 5G chips available in time for 2019 phones.

It's likely that it will be at least until 2020, particularly in Canada, until 5G networks are up and running in a meaningful way that affects the average consumer. This is roughly 20 times what's possible with LTE-Advanced that is now in Canada.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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