No Apple 5G iPhone Till 2020, Samsung To Launch Next Year
Apple will not release a 5G iPhone until 2020 according to Apple insiders and this could seriously impact them claim analysts.
The decision opens the door up to brands such as Samsung, who have manufacturing clout over Apple, to take advantage of their manufacturing and partner relationships to deliver what will be one of the fastest mobiles ever released.
Following their fallout with Qualcomm the leader in 5G enabled processors, Apple is going to need a large supply of components if they are to be competitive claim analysts. Currently Apple is engaged in a legal battle with Qualcomm that has led it to stop using its modem chips.
Recently turned to Intel for modems and processors they are currently under pressure in the PC component market and there is uncertainty that Intel can actually deliver the volumes of 5G components without compromising Qualcomm 5G patents. Insiders claim that Intel won’t have chips available in time to support 2019 phones.
Bloomberg also claims that as with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of the new networks before its main product gets the capability to access them.
However, this time, the switch to 5G is a much bigger speed upgrade, making Apple’s decision to wait riskier claim observers.
The networks will open the floodgates to new types of mobile computing, 5G experts claim.
Unlike the past 3G to 4G the leap from 4G to 5G is significant enough that it may become a major selling point for new devices.
Samsung plans to have 5G phones in its Galaxy range next year with all three carriers, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone already briefed on Samsung’s 5G products for 2019.
Last night US carrier Verizon Communications and Samsung Electronics confirmed that they would seek to steal a march on Apple by launching U.S. 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019.
The two companies said in a statement they would unveil a prototype, using Qualcomm Inc’s modem chips, at the chipmaker’s annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii this week.
While Verizon is leading the charge to trial 5G in some cities next year, industry analysts say the higher-speed networks are unlikely to be widely available until the middle of the next decade.
Reuters claims the delay could make it easier for Samsung and Verizon to win customers who are eager to connect to 5G networks, which will provide a leap forward in mobile data speeds, up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks.
Qualcomm has also partnered with other smartphone makers who have committed to 5G phones for next year.
“Apple has always been a laggard in mobile phone technology,” said Mark Hung, an analyst at Gartner. “They weren’t impacted in the past, but 5G is going to be much easier to market. But if they wait beyond 2020, then I think they’ll be impacted.”
Apple also is under more pressure to keep its iPhone customer base. The company has lost a fifth of its value the past two months amid a tech stock rout and reports of suppliers cutting forecasts, signalling the new models introduced in September aren’t selling as well as anticipated.
While the global smartphone market has declined for four consecutive quarters, according to industry analyst IDC, the iPhone accounts for almost 60 percent of Apple’s revenue and is the foundation of the company’s push for sales in consumer services such as music, video and cloud storage.