Apple plans to launch an iPhone with 5G support in 2020

Nov

3

2018

The first iPhone with the support of fifth-generation networks will debut in 2020. Reports the edition about it FastCompany with the link to own checked sources, familiar with plans of Apple. Initially, the company was going to present the first smartphone with full support for 5G in 2019, but at the last moment decided to revise its plans. According to statements by the source, there are at least two factors that have made the decision to postpone the issue.

The first and most important is infrastructure. The massive deployment of fifth-generation networks is planned to be completed only by 2019, and this concerns only a small number of countries. It is clear that Apple would not have demonstrated the technology in the iPhone (2019), without the possibility of its application in real conditions.

The second factor is the unresolved problems with the chips. At the moment, Apple is working with Intel , and it is assumed that this manufacturer will supply the company cellular modules with 5G support. However, to date, the latest Intel chips have design flaws, as a result of which they overheat, and this negatively affects the battery life. Of course, Apple is not very happy with this state of affairs, and therefore also considers the manufacturer MediaTek as a fallback. However, the American chip maker has at least another year to solve the problems that have arisen.

It is possible that in the near future, Apple will switch to its own chips. This will allow to control each stage in the development, and seriously reduce dependence on third-party companies. For example, last year, Apple ceased to cooperate with the supplier of video accelerators PowerVR, having developed its own graphics Apple GPU, and this undoubtedly bore fruit. Given the size and resources of the company, the development of its own cellular module will not be an obstacle for Apple.

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