Apple could launch its first 5G-ready phone in 2020

According to a new report, Apple is working on integrating 5G tech into its line of smartphones by 2020. The conversation around 5G technology on smartphones has been picking up steam this year, with a few flagships rumoured to be capable for it. In 2019 we’re bound to have more conversations about it and maybe even see a few 5G-compatible devices. It’s going to be the next big seller of phones.

5G iPhone in 2020

Apple insider sources revealed this to Fast Company. Apple will be going with the Intel 8161 5G modem chip for 5G connectivity. However, it has also been reported that Intel is apparently battling heat issues as it looks to get the chip prototyped and developed for commercial use.

In true Apple fashion, it will let other manufacturers hit the market first while it perfects the technology and comes in a year later. Oppo, LG, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo and Sony have all confirmed or at least intimated that 5G handsets are on the slate for some point next year.

What is 5G?

The infrastructure for 5G tech is young and parts of the world only recently got widespread 4G accessibility. So 5G will make a splash in the news and there’ll be compatible phones but you’ll need to wait until your ISPs start rolling it out before you can enjoy the new realm of mobile internet speeds.

5G isn’t just an upgrade in speed, it’s going to be an upgrade in bandwidth too. What that means is more devices will be connected and have better reception when you’re in a crowded area. Have you noticed how reception falls through when you’re at a massive concert?

Download speeds have the potential to be up to a thousand times faster than 4G – 10Gbps rather than 100Mbps – though that’s a theoretical maximum (so the reality will be somewhat different). Apple’s 2020 iPhone will come in at the perfect time because Etisalat and du are on track to launch the first 5G services at the Expo 2020 location.