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5G iPhone in 2020 enables Apple to wait for next-gen tech, with two benefits

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5G iPhone in 2020 enables Apple to wait for next-gen tech, with two benefits

“It’s just the latest example of the company swooping in late with a polished version of technology pioneered by its Android rivals.”

While rival smartphones may tease Apple over launching a non 5G iPhone at its flagship this year, the reality is that there is so little coverage as yet that it’s almost irrelevant.

Waiting a year also enables Apple to benefit from two upcoming developments in 5G chips …

As CNET notes, there are two issues with today’s 5G chips.

The way smartphones tap into 5G networks — a least early on — is convoluted.

Phones need to have a 5G-capable chip and a matching 5G modem to connect to the network (right now they’re separate, and that takes up space). And each phone model only works with a specific network’s bands, so you can’t take your 5G phone from one carrier to another. […]

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