If you are wondering why Apple has not yet launched a 5G iPhone while others are going ballistic over launching 5G-ready or 5G-enabled handsets, there is a solid reason behind the reluctance to embrace the technology.
While the world is going gaga over 5G smartphones, Apple has kept silent over when it is planning to bring its 5G iPhone.
Apple in July announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel‘s smartphone modem business for $1 billion, and according to Intel CEO Bob Swan, the agreement “enables us to focus on developing technology for the 5G network while retaining critical intellectual property and modem technology that our team has created.”
Intel has been working on a chipset for the iPhone maker, with the chip expected to be part of iPhones by 2020. According to industry analysts, 5G technology today for smartphones is not complete.
5G is still in its infancy, with global roll-outs at various stages.
“The current breed of consumers who will be inclined to buy 5G handsets are early technology adopters. Apple’s philosophy as a platform company has always been to innovate once a technology has shown some maturity,” noted Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CyberMedia Research (CMR).
Additionally, it is important to note that Apple suffered setbacks in its 5G implementation timeline, thanks in part, due to its failed attempt with Intel modems.
“Further, the prolonged battle with Qualcomm until April this year, set back Apple by at least by 12-14 months, in comparison to the competition,” Ram told IANS.