Specifically, Sandra Rivera of Intel articulated that while Intel’s 5G modems will hit manufacturers this year, it doesn’t anticipate that the modems will end up in any smartphones until next year.
Word of Apple’s delayed entry into the speedy world of 5G shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. For starters, a report from Bloomberg a few months ago revealed that Apple was holding off on 5G until 2020, if not later.
What’s more, it’s worth noting that Apple has historically been slow to adopt new networking technologies. Remember, the original iPhone didn’t launch with 3G and Apple didn’t adopt LTE support until the 2012 release of the iPhone 5. That said, and especially in light of the somewhat slow but steady roll out of 5G, it makes sense why Apple isn’t exactly in a rush to introduce iPhones with 5G support. After all, what’s the point in introducing a 5G iPhone when nationwide and global coverage will be spotty at best?
While there’s no denying that the impending arrival of 5G and 5G enabled smartphones is an absolute game-changer, the reality is that it will take some time before 5G coverage reaches a point as to make paying a premium for a 5G smartphone worth the added expense. That said, we can only hope that Apple isn’t too patient and embraces 5G in 2020 as opposed to waiting until 2021.