11 November 2019
So many reports are available on Apple launching a 5G iPhone next year but there are also a few reports that cancel out this probability and rather predict the launch to happen in 2021 or even later. And there is solid reasoning behind believing in the latter reports. The answer is simple, Apple may not be ready by next year to launch its first 5G product in the market. But some speculations are still binding their hopes to 2020. Now for a new reference, analysts are citing a statement from Qualcomm and believing that Apple will also bring its 5G iPhone next year.
Qualcomm has now issued some predictions for the 5G market, saying it expects some 200M smartphones to rely on speedy wireless technology in 2020. And analysts believe that Qualcomm is hinting at Apple’s contribution to this big sales number as well.
According to a report from Reuters, CFO Akash Palkhiwala said during Qualcomm’s earnings that 2020 will hold “two inflection points” for 5G chips. He also said the first major development for 5G will start to happen in the spring where manufacturers like Samsung and miscellaneous Chinese companies that have licensing deals with Qualcomm will come up with their contribution.
Palkhiwala also said a second inflection point while arriving "in the fall time frame when another set of flagship devices will adopt 5G." Analysts believe that his statement strongly hinting at Apple’s adaptation of 5G that could happen in the second half. Note that Apple and Google both have an annual release cycle under which they launch their products in October and September. So, it can be fairly assumed that Qualcomm’s statement is strongly hinting at Apple’s contribution to 5G.
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon and Summit Insights Group analyst Kinngai Chan both expect Apple to integrate 5G hardware in iPhone next year.
A recent report from Nikkei also said citing industry sources that Apple has started to ramp up efforts for launching iPhones with 5G next year.
It is expected that Apple may come up with its own 5G modems for 2022 iPhone models since it has acquired Intel’s 5G smartphone business. Currently, it will make use of Qualcomm under the settlement they made back in April.
Well, Qualcomm’s statement does come as a great hint at Apple bringing its 5G iPhone model in 2020. But we still need more substantial proof to believe in this possibility.