Market 30 Nov
Apple has been a slow adopter of next-gen network connections. The company likes to wait till the network connectivity matures enough to offer seamless connectivity. Following the same trend reports now suggest that Apple is not planning to launch its first 5G iPhone till 2020.
Taking a case of 3G and 4G networks as an example, Apple did not launch its first 3G phone till the second generation iPhone while 4G connectivity in iPhones was introduced 2 years late than the competition. Though Apple did introduce Siri and a stainless steel phone which did not let the sales get affected.
However, experts have said that the switch between 4G and 5G is going to be huge and since 5G may offer a huge boost in the speed, computing and connectivity could reach to another level by the time Apple imbibes the latest trend.
Reports also suggest that Apple’s ongoing legal tussle with Qualcomm may also be a reason behind this decision. Intel is the sole supplier of networking chips to Apple, however, Intel’s 5G modem is expected to be ready only by 2020. Hence, Apple may have to look out for other chipmakers like Qualcomm or MediaTek in case it wants to launch a 5G iPhone in 2019.
Apple 18 Nov
There were a few reports that Apple is looking to make its own chipsets and has started the recruitment process as well. In any case, if Apple is to make its own chipsets, it will take time to be developed and could be ready around 2020 only. Though there are a couple of other chipmakers like Huawei and Samsung, however, it is highly unlikely that Apple will reach out to its rivals for this.