But even if the iPhone's 5G support is delayed by a year, there's no real downside, according to a new study. According to CNET, there are three issues with current 5G phones: First, 5G networks have limited real connectivity. High-speed 5G connections work only near base stations or in city centers, and are frequently falling back from 5G to 4G even outdoors, a far cry from "A reliable 5G connection wherever you are" at present. There's no need to rush 5G in that situation.
Second, 5G data plan contracts are also expensive. for example, Verizon, the largest carrier in the US, will temporarily charge $10 more per month than its unlimited 4G plan. You can use it for the first 3 months without additional charges, but after that, it costs more than 4G line.
The third point is that 5G solutions for smartphones today require a 5G modem in addition to the processor. Separate chips tend to take up more internal space and make your phone thicker.
But by 2020, the 5G modem and processor will be integrated. Qualcomm has also announced that it will integrate 5G modems in its high-end and mid-range products, which is expected to make 5G phones cheaper and easier to make smaller. Furthermore, by incorporating a multimodal modem (Modem corresponding to a plurality of communication carriers), it may be possible to switch (Not currently available) one device to another 5G-capable carrier.
Apple can avoid the initial confusion of the 5G network if it waits for the technology to mature, which is the main point of the CNET article. Bloomberg also noted that Apple's delay with the new generation of telecom standards is "usual thing".
But even if waiting until next year for 5G is technically the right thing to do, there's a risk of losing market share as Android's competitors continue to roll out 5G devices. In that regard, CNET says Apple is more likely to make such decisions because of customer loyalty.
CNET said, "Although phone sales are softening for the industry as a whole, Apple has been able to keep the iPhone's cult mystique alive, and people who have waited three to four years to upgrade probably aren't going to wait."
In addition to the iPhone next year, there were also predictions for a 5G MacBook in the second half of 2020 and a 5G iPad Pro in 2021. In the future, Apple products supporting 5G may increase one after another.
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