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Apple will not introduce an iPhone that can utilize faster 5G cellular data networks in 201
9, reports Bloomberg. Quoting people familiar with Apple’s plans, the report states that Apple waits until “at least 2020” to make the move.
5G networks are expected to increase installation in the US, China and other Apple markets in 2019. 5G promises one of the biggest generation disorders in mobile data rates than, and Apple competitors like Samsung are likely to market 5G phones next year to capitalize on it. Furthermore, networks like Verizon want to lead users to the new 5G networks as soon as possible, as technology is more efficient and will ensure that companies can make higher profits while theoretically offering the most reliable service.
Investors and analysts may be worried that Apple will miss a major marketing option if it is waiting for a long time to adopt the new technology, Bloomberg proposes.
This is not the first time Apple has come to a new wireless technology late. The very first iPhone was launched in 2007, supporting only one 2G network despite the availability of a much faster 3G network at that time (it was remedied next year with iPhone 3G). And 2011’s 3G iPhone 4S came after users on competing platforms enjoyed the 4G network that remains the standard today.
Previously, the company explained these decisions by saying that the networks were too attentive when launched – as they offered modest speed increases but sometimes insufficient coverage until they expanded more. But companies and other proponents who drive 5G argue that this will be a major seismic shift than previous new standards.
This time, Apple’s decision can be related to the difficult relationship with chipmaker Qualcomm, which is probably the industry leader for cellular modems. Qualcomm has developed the chipset for Android phones that support 5G, but trials and more have pushed a split between the two companies.
But the 2019 phones that support 5G will not do it without compromises. Qualcomm’s plans include 5G modem that is discrete from system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes a phone’s CPU, GPU and usually the modem. This can have some consequences for space on phones for other components, and for battery life, modern phones are usually the battery and every millimeter count. But iPhone already has discreet modem, unlike many Android phones.
Apple may think the move to 5G is too early, or the hands may be tied to the fact that its preferred modem partner (Intel) is not ready for the transition. Many consumers will probably not complain about the gap in 2019, but as networks improve in 2020 (and if these networks are as good as advocates promise), Apple must move quickly to satisfy customers.