Apple says it will launch 5G-powered iPhone only by 2020: Bloomberg

Part of this could also be due to the ongoing feud of Apple and Qualcomm,

Apple fans are not going to like this new development one bit. With the onset of 5G telecommunications on the horizon and major smartphone makers such as Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei and LG announcing 5G-powered smartphones in 2019, Apple has said that it has no plans of introducing a 5G iPhone in 2019. For that people will have to wait till 2020.

The Apple iPhone XR. Image: tech2/Omkar Patne

The Apple iPhone XR. Image: tech2/Omkar Patne

This information comes from a report by Bloomberg which has stated that this is not the first time Apple has waited before unveiling an iPhone with the new generation of mobile connectivity. When both 3G and 4G were first announced, Apple released its iPhones with supporting technology only after waiting a year.

The report states that Apple had done this previously since new networks and the also the first versions of rival smartphones would come with problems related to call-drops, bad network coverage discouraging users from buying it. However, 5G is likely going to be a much bigger data speed upgrade which in turn would mean that Apple will be losing ground on its rivals.

Part of the reason for this delay, as per the report could also be due to the ongoing feud of Apple and Qualcomm, wherein the former has opted to use Intel modems in its device.

Samsung and Verizon have confirmed that 5G Galaxy smartphones will be coming in 2019 while Huawei had disclosed earlier this year that the first half of 2019 will see a 5G phone.

“Apple has always been a laggard in cellular technology. They weren’t impacted in the past, but 5G is going to be much easier to market. But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they’ll be impacted.” said Gartner Inc analyst Mark Hung in an interview with Bloomberg.

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