Apple reportedly will launch its first 5G iPhone in 2020

The first 5G smartphones should be arriving in 2019. But well, don’t expect the most popular phone manufacturer, Apple to rush to join them. A reliable source has claimed that Apple intends to use an Intel 5G modem, the 8161, in its 2020 batch iPhones. The company is reportedly using a precursor 8060 chip for prototyping, but it has heat dissipation issues because of the sheer demand needed for millimeter-wave signals that would raise the temperature and hurt battery life as well. The issue is not enough to send Apple running back into the arms of Qualcomm, but it is supposedly not happy with Intel for this reason.

The company is also believed to be talking to MediaTek about supplying 5G modems. However, this is only a backup plan in case Intel falls short.

Apple has declined to comment on this matter.

This could be very disappointing if you were hoping that Apple would ride the 5G bandwagon as soon as possible. However, it is relatively consistent with the company’s strategy. Though there is no doubt that Apple has kept up with cellular technology in general, it has not been always on the forefront of major speed upgrades, passing on 3G for the very first iPhone and then waiting until the iPhone 5 to hop on the LTE.

Typically, it all comes down to waiting for the technology to mature. It is a known fact that how early LTE phones like the HTC Thunderbolt were frequently very thick and  had a terrible battery life. Apple might not wish to rush to be an early adopter, more so when 5G networks will only have a modest coverage throughout much of 2019.