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The 2020 iPhones will be the first to get 5G

By mongeese · 8 replies
Nov 4, 2018
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  1. According to an anonymous source within Apple, the 2020 iPhone range will be using the Intel 8161 5G modem exclusively. It’ll enable speeds of at least 1 gigabit per second, possibly reaching speeds of up to 5 gigabit per second, depending on network and modem advancements in the next year.

    Unfortunately for Apple, their legal battle with Qualcomm could have put their 5G support at a bit of a disadvantage: Intel is reportedly struggling with thermal and power issues. They’re experimenting with 10nm processes to improve the efficiency of the modem, and although the source says that Apple has “ample” time to perfect it before 2020, that could be a bit late in the game.

    Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem is already functional, and while it also runs hot, Qualcomm managed to make the problem bearable, possibly by using their 7nm node. Xiaomi is quite likely to be using it in their already announced 5G Mi Mix 3, and there are rumors that Samsung might be using it in a variant of the Galaxy S10, too. Huawei, for their part, have promised that they will be releasing a 5G phone with an in-house modem within a year.

    Because of all this, Apple isn’t very happy with Intel, who apparently hasn’t got a single 5G modem working in a prototype phone. They’re still designing their 8060 5G modems that Apple will use to test the 5G network in 2019, before they even begin on the 8161. As a “Plan B” Apple has been in talks with MediaTek, though the source says that a deal with them is very unlikely.

    5G has the potential to change the way we interact with the internet – just think about all the things 4G enabled in the past few years: social media, music streaming, video streaming and more. The next few years will be exciting ones for the mobile industry.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,684   +4,027

    5G mainstream by 2020 ..... I think that's a bit of an optomistic prediction. I'd love to see it, but I think it's going to take a bit more time to make it truly "mainstream" .....
  3. yeeeeman

    yeeeeman TS Maniac Posts: 187   +161

    5G will be mainstream not when phones move to 5G, but when infrastructure moves to 5G.
  4. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,707   +449

    "Q: What size should your web page be? A: 75MB"

    I sure ****ing hope not LOL. Any page bigger than 10MB and you are going to be running into many problems. I know, I know, it's merely showing how much you can load over the network but still...

    But, lets move to 5G when we have yet to phase out of 3G. The drive to latest tech should be bigger than it currently is...
  5. poohbear

    poohbear TS Evangelist Posts: 327   +228

    5G is 800 MB/s downloads? That's a whole lotta porn!
  6. Sausagemeat

    Sausagemeat TS Maniac Posts: 409   +205

    There has been quite a lot of work to the network infrastructure of the U.K. at least to allow 5G in the next couple of years.
  7. yeeeeman

    yeeeeman TS Maniac Posts: 187   +161

    Infrastructure might be ready on some locations, but in 95% of locations, there is no 5G yet and it will take years to be installed. Nobody will be late to any party because phones will support 5G network long before we will have actual networks on which to use them.
  8. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 180   +41

    Has Xiaomi phones not already got 5g capability?
  9. Mark dc

    Mark dc TS Rookie

    Wow, that amazing news...but this thing will take years to function properly in countries like India... let us wait and watch.

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