A new report from Bloomberg today repeats what we heard about Apple’s timeline to assume the next generation of cellular connection, 5G, by suggesting that the first compatible iPhone is not coming until 2020. Earlier rumors and reports pointed to the 2020 iPhone as the most likely candidate to add 5G support, although mobile operators and Apple’s Android rivals will roll the new technology all the way up to 2019.
According to several sources familiar with Apple’s plans, Bloomberg proposes that Intel is the most likely candidate to provide the 5G modem, as previously reported. It is sensible considering Apple’s ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, the leading designer and modem chip maker and rival relationship with Samsung and Huawei, two other semiconductor giants who invest heavily in the 5G but happen to have their own smartphone lineups that compete against the iPhone.
Before 5G, Apple was also slower than the wider phone market to adopt 4G, which proved to be a good decision for the company. While other major brands forced 4G LTE components into their devices as early as possible ̵
1; compromising both size and battery life in the process – Apple waited until the technology was mature and thus made a seamless transition. There are no guarantees that the market will be as patient as you wait for 5G, but if there is one thing that the iPhone has proven over the years, it’s resilience in popularity, even when it’s not in the forefront of every possible spec.