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From the view in 3G and LTE eras, Apple's support for new network standards has been slow. Today, Bloomberg said that next year's new iPhone will not support 5G data network, Apple may have to wait until 2020 to add the mobile network standard support to the iPhone.


Currently, many carriers have indicated that 5G will be deployed in certain regions next year. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung are also actively preparing to launch devices that support 5G. However, Bloomberg believes that Apple predicted that the first versions of the 5G smartphones would suffer from problems like poor coverage.

Back in the day when the iPhone 4s was released, Android vendors began to sell various LTE devices, and Apple chose to continue to wait for the technology to mature. Goes on, it proves that Apple's wait right, the initial 4G smartphone consumes many power and spotty coverage, Second-generation 4G modem got optimized better. so that's when Apple started supported 4G on iPhone 5.

Of course, we still don't know what will happen to the first 5G phones, but Apple will choose to wait. Finally, the dispute with Qualcomm also limited Apple's decision to fully embrace 5G, because Intel's 5G chip has not yet been developed, and it still needs to wait for about 18 months. This means that the iPhone in 2019 is definitely not in time for the party.

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According to the report from Fast Company, Apple will release the first iPhone with 5G chip in 2020,  an anonymous source says Apple plans to use Intel's 8161 baseband chip on the 2020 iPhone product lineup, and Intel will become the exclusive supplier of 5G chips.


The upcoming 8161 chip will be built by Intel's 10nm process. It is said that Intel is currently testing a prototype of the 8161, the 8160 chip, which will be designed to use on the 5G iPhone prototype. Yet, the source also said that Apple was not happy with Intel recently as they could not successfully solve the heat issue and poor battery life of the 8160 chip.
Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., will initially rely on millimeter-wave spectrum (between 30 gigahertz and 300 Ghz) to connect the first 5G phones. But millimeter-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips, our source explains. This causes the release of higher-than-normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone-so much so that the heat can be felt on the outside of the phone.
Although not really satisfied with Intel, Apple did not intend to settle the relationship with Qualcomm and restart the chip supply negotiations. Instead, Apple began contracting with MediaTek as a Plan B, and once Intel couldn't solve the issues, the company will switch to them instead. We should expect the first 5G smartphone coming out next year.

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The 5G standard has become the next focus of the smartphone industry, many cellular carriers are beginning to support 5G in major cities, and smartphone makers are already preparing and deploying 5G technology, but Apple seems to be late to the party, however, a Taiwan supply chain source tells us that the first 5G iPhone would be released next year.



The iPhone XS/XS Max and XR released this year don't support 5G networks, so that leaves a chance to 2019. According to the source, Apple is already planning to launch 5G iPhone and is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2019. It will likely to use Intel's 5G chip considers that the current bond between Apple and Qualcomm seems to be way conflicting,

When it comes to the price, the 5G iPhone may be cost even higher, starting at $1,299, that's $100 higher than this year's iPhone XS Max starting price. The source says that since Apple self-developed GPUs and processors, the company would launch self-developed baseband modern rather sooner than later, but it will just take time.

In theory, 5G can deliver speeds that are twenty times faster than 4G LTE. 4G LTE has a peak speed of 1GB per second; which means that 5G is able to achieve speeds of 20GB per second. Not only that but the 5G standard also capable of replacing your home wifi connection.

Apple will surely build a 5G iPhone, as the 5G standard has been determined, and major carriers are also building 5G networks. The next step is how several patent holders will charge 5G licensing fees to smartphone makers such as Apple and Android smartphone manufacturers. However, a new report by VentureBeat, tells us how much it could charge for.


- Nokia has just announced that it will charge a $5.48 5G royalty for each device;
- Ericsson will charge a 5G patent fee of $2.5 to $5 based on the cost of the device;
- Qualcomm charges the highest: 3.25% of the 5G licensing fees will charge for each device, and $400 will be capped, equivalent to about $13 per iPhone;
- Huawei also owns 5G patents, but no fees have been announced. It is said that it may be comparable to Nokia and Ericsson.
- In this way, the price of a 5G iPhone will include a royalty of at least $21.48.

As smartphone sales continue to drop, if Apple does not want to see a decline in the iPhone business, it will need to make more and more profits on every iPhone. However, whether the company chooses Intel or others 5G moderns, the licensing fee must be paid, yes, this has nothing to do with hardware, it rather a cost when using the 5G standards.

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