The 5G network is here and while it is currently very limited in terms of cities, countries and mobile networks, it is still here.
The only issue, apart from living in a compatible location and being on a compatible network, is that you also need a 5G-enabled phone too. A few companies have released 5G devices already 8211; Samsung, Oppo, LG, Xiaomi and OnePlus 8211; but Apple isn8217;t on that list as yet.
This is everything we know so far about a 5G-enabled iPhone, including when it might arrive and what the rumours say.
The latest reports suggest Apple will support 5G in at least one of its iPhone models in 2020, but for 2019, it looks like you8217;ll have to settle for 4G LTE unless you are happy to move to Samsung, Oppo, LG or OnePlus 8211; all of who have a 5G-ready device available.
Typically Apple announces its new iPhones in September, but that8217;s not to say it won8217;t release a 5G-capable iPhone earlier in the year. At the moment, there is no evidence to support this though so for now, we are expecting a 5G variant of the iPhone 12 or iPhone XIS in September 2020.
18 June 2019: Analyst predicts iPhone 5G coming in 2020
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple would announce 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch high-end iPhones with OLED displays offering 5G connectivity, along with a 6.1-inch OLED model supporting up to LTE in 2020.
Kuo also said that all iPhones will have 5G capabilities by 2021 and Apple would probably have its own 5G chip by 2023.
16 April 2019: Apple and Qualcomm settle legal issues, while Intel quits 5G
Following two years of legal disputes, Apple and Qualcomm settled in April 2019, much to everyone8217;s surprise. The settlement resulted in Apple making a payment to Qualcomm and the two companies also signing a six-year license agreement, effective from 1 April 2019.
There8217;s an option in the settlement to extend the agreement for two years, plus a multiyear 8220;chipset supply agreement8221;. It led many to believe Apple may release a 5G iPhone sooner than 2020 as Qualcomm already have a 5G modem in place.
On the same day as the Qualcomm and Apple settlement, Intel announced it was quitting the 5G modem business, with its CEO saying 8220;it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns.8221;
The move appears to be an indication that Apple is working on its own chips, rather than outsourcing.