Apple's 5G iPhone won't arrive until at least 2020

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Apple could wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of 5G to launch an iPhone compatible with the new generation of mobile technology.

Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that a 5G-ready iPhone won’t arrive until at least 2020. If true, it would mirror the strategy Apple utilized with the launch of 3G and 4G.

Rather than being first to market and having to deal with the headaches of being an early adopter, Apple elected to sit on the sidelines in the early days of 3G and 4G. Apple’s phones at the time were so far ahead of their rivals’ that they could afford to wait for the tech to mature. With 5G, however, it’s a different story.

Apple’s iPhones aren’t leaps and bounds ahead of the competition like they once were. Furthermore, 5G is expected to deliver a massive speed increase compared to today’s 4G networks and smartphone adoption is nearly ubiquitous these days. Apple may not have the luxury of waiting around as the initial 5G growing pains are sorted out.

Another factor that could impact Apple’s decision is its ongoing feud with Qualcomm. Intel reportedly won’t have 5G hardware ready in time for 2019 iPhones which has Apple looking elsewhere.

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LOL, I wouldn't worry about it. I remember when I bought a phone in 2011 I think it was, 4G was "rolling out" and the phone I bought, did not have 4G modem. I said big whoop! By the time 4G made it to my area, the phone was over 2 years old, and needed to be replaced anyway. Then I got one with 4G and 4G came along to my area about a month later. I think for most, except for the NYC/DC/Chicago/LA/San Fran areas most won't see it til past 2020 anyway.
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Apple always sit on the sidelines! Until customers demand the features already present on other phone. Then, they suddenly wake up!