If you kept hoping that Apple could release a 5G-enabled iPhone later this year, we have bad news for you. According to a report by Reuters Intel announced earlier today that its 5G modems will not be available until 2020. And see how Apple now relies on Intel for its chips – thanks to ongoing legal disputes with Qualcomm – We now have official confirmation that iPhones with support for 5G will not hit store shelves until 2020 at the absolute earliest.
In particular, Sandra Rivera of Intel has said that while Intel's 5G modems will beat manufacturers this year, it does not expect the modems to end up in any smartphones next year.
Words of Apple's delayed entry into the fast-paced world of 5G shouldn't come as much of a surprise. First, a report from Bloomberg some months ago showed that Apple remained at 5G by 2020, if not later.
It is also worth noting that Apple has historically been slow to adopt new network technology. Remember that the original iPhone did not launch with 3G, and Apple did not adopt the LTE support for the iPhone release for 201
Although it is not denied that the impending arrival of 5G and 5G enabled smartphones is an absolute switch, the reality is that it will take some time before 5G coverage reaches a point to pay a premium for a 5G smartphone as is worth the extra expense. That said, we can only hope that Apple is not too patient and embraces 5G by 2020 as opposed to waiting until 2021.