Just as was the case in the past with the 3G and 4G LTE transition, Apple has employed the waiting tactic and won’t jump on the 5G bandwagon this or next year, meaning a 5G-capable iPhone won’t launch before 2020, at the earliest.
Offering improvements in power, size and scalability, Intel’s new 5G-enabled modem supports theoretical peak speeds of up to 6 gigabits per second, or three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems available today.
Customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will first begin experiencing 5G-like capabilities while Sprint aggressively works to expand the high-speed wireless service to additional markets including Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Tensions between Apple and Qualcomm have been on the rise, which has in part caused Apple to look elsewhere for the iPhone’s upcoming 5G modem. Apple is aiming to include 5G in the iPhone by 2019-2020, which means they are getting close to choosing a manufacturer.