Today we learned that Verizon and Samsung will launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. Now a new report has revealed that another major smartphone maker won't release a 5G device next year.
Apple is planning to wait until at least 2020 before launching a 5G iPhone, claims sources speaking to Bloomberg. Apple hasn't commented on this rumor, but it's speculated that the company's decision could be a result of its legal battle with Qualcomm and it's decision to work more with Intel, which won't have 5G chips available in time for 2019 models.
This isn't the first time that we've heard that we may not see a 5G iPhone until 2020. A rumor came out one month ago that claimed that Apple is aiming for 2020 as the year it'll release its first 5G iPhone.
While this news is not confirmed, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Apple wait until at least 2020 to launch a 5G iPhone. Apple has never been quick about adopting new technologies in its iPhones, having launched the original iPhone with 2G while many smartphones had adopted 3G and similarly holding off on releasing a 4G phone longer than its rivals. It may be disappointing for some that they'll have to wait until 2020 for a 5G iPhone, but 5G is still going to be young in 2019 and the coverage will only be starting to spread, so the lack of 5G in Apple's 2019 iPhones may not be as big a deal as it sounds at first.
Are you planning to buy a 5G phone in 2019? Or will you wait until 2020 or later?