This was going to be the year of 5G. It was going to be the year the next-generation wireless technology helped reverse some troubling macro trends for the industry — or at the very least helped stem the bleeding some.
But the best laid plans, and all that. With about a week left in the year, I think it’s pretty safe to say that 2020 didn’t wind up the way the vast majority of us had hoped. It’s a list that certainly includes the lion’s share of smartphone makers. Look no further than a recent report published by Gartner to answer the question of just how bad 2020 was for smartphone sales.
At Tuesday’s “Hi Speed” event, Apple is expected to unveil an iPhone 12 with 5G connectivity, a technical upgrade that will help the company keep pace with competitors and increase adoption of 5G technology. Analysts predict the new capability could prompt a “supercycle” of iPhone upgrades.
5G is next generation wireless network technology that’s expected to change the way people live and work. It’s faster and has greater bandwidth than existing 4G LTE networks, which will eventually mean rapid video downloads and improved experiences with services like augmented reality and live gaming, among other consumer perks.
Self-driving cars. Robotic surgeries. Toothbrushes that detect when you’re sick.
This is the future 5G technology promises in less than a decade’s time; internet connections so fast they’ll support an entirely new way of life.
But for now, I’m standing on an avenue in downtown Chicago waving my Samsung Galaxy 5G smartphone around to find coverage that’s not blocked by the tree to my left.
Apple’s first 5G iPhone is still two years away. That’s according to a new report, which says the iPhone maker won’t be 5G ready until 2020.
That would put Apple a year behind some of its Android rivals which have said they plan to have 5G phones in 2019.
The news, which comes from Fast Company, cites a single source said to have “knowledge of Apple’s plans.”