Infrastructure for next-generation 5G phone networks is only in the very early stages of being established, but that isn't going to stop phone makers building 5G capabilities into their handsets (and making a lot of noise about it) as soon as they possibly can. According to a new report, Apple is going to join the party in 2020.Insider sources speaking to Fast Company say the Intel 8161 5G modem chip will be the one to supply this 5G connectivity, though apparently Intel is battling with heat issues as it looks to get the chip prototyped and developed for commercial use.It would appear Apple is ready to let other companies get to market first with their 5G phones before following up with its own implementation the year after next. The likes of Oppo, LG, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and Sony have all confirmed or at least intimated that 5G handsets are on the slate for some point during 2019.The need for speedDepending on where in the world you live, you might only have just got used to … [Read more...] about Apple tipped to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020
As rivals began to firm up their plans for 5G phones back in February, it was clear that Apple would have to choose from four challenging roads to launch its first 5G iPhone. On the heels of yesterday’s market-roiling announcement that Apple will stop disclosing iPhone unit sales, a new report from Fast Company suggests why: the company has apparently decided to sit out the first year of 5G smartphones, as its chip partner Intel won’t have a viable modem ready until at least 2020. Intel’s struggles with 5G modem development have become increasingly clear over the last year, as the company’s XMM8060 has only been announced as a component for devices larger than phones — such as a line of 5G computers expected in the latter part of 2019. The chipmaker is reportedly working on a more power-efficient 10-nanometer option, the XMM8161, which Apple will use to prototype and test the 5G iPhone. While Intel isn’t the only 5G modem developer struggling with … [Read more...] about Apple reportedly won’t release 5G iPhone until 2020
standard was finalized a few months ago, and wireless service providers are building 5G networks. The next step is for the companies that developed the technology to decide what they’ll charge Apple and other phone makers to license their patents. The total might be more than you expect. iam. Tech Insights. Inescapable 5G iPhone costs These licensing fees will have to be paid no matter who provides the actual 5G modem in Apple’s future smartphone. They aren’t related to hardware, but cover the cost of using patents on the 5G standard itself. This isn’t a new concept. Phone makers have been paying licensing fees for 4G LTE patents for close to a decade. That’s not to say the process is always a smooth one. Apple and Qualcomm have been arguing in court over 3G and 4G patent fees for years. … [Read more...] about It’ll cost Apple more than you expect to make a 5G iPhone
If there is one current conversation at Mobile World Congress that is going to have a profound impact on our daily life, it is expectation that the first "mobile broadband" 5G networks should begin launching from mid-2019. This will have a direct impact on Apple’s business, posing problems and opportunity for the iPhone maker.Apple is a mobile companyYou can sell all the connected devices you like, but they are meaningless if they don’t have a network to link them all together. Not only that, but as the number of mobile devices in use increases, you need intelligent networks capable of processing and prioritizing tasks, from edge to core. You need real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, network slicing, and the capacity to carry millions of messages from billions of connected devices reliably, without losing data, connectivity, or network integrity.Networks need to be able to handle high-bandwidth applications, such as video, augmented and virtual reality … [Read more...] about MWC18: Where will Apple get 5G iPhone chips?
Now that the dust has settled from Mobile World Congress 2018’s major 5G wireless announcements, two things are clear: 5G networks are coming even faster than recently expected, and, based on its current relationships with 5G modem suppliers, Apple has a tough road ahead before it launches a 5G iPhone. Being second or even tenth to market didn’t matter to Apple in 2007, when the first iPhone arrived without 3G network support, or in 2012, when the iPhone 5 shipped two years after early 4G networks. But a lot has changed since then. Apple is now the world’s No. 1 or No. 2 smartphone maker, depending on the quarter, and it depends on iPhones for 1/2 to 2/3 of its revenues. Additionally, its current flagship phone arguably leads the industry in technology and sales. So if Apple decides to wait on 5G, which will certainly be 2019’s biggest new technology, it could simultaneously hurt its stock, market share, and reputation for innovation. I’m not going to … [Read more...] about Apple now has four roads to a 5G iPhone, each challenging