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Technology Apple’s fastest iPhone 5G models may not arrive until 2021

00:10  07 january  2020
00:10  07 january  2020 Source:   bgr.com

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According to Susquehanna analysts, first 5 G iPhones that will take advantage of faster mmWave technology may be delayed until December 2020 or January 2021 . According to their note to investors Monday, seen by CNBC, Apple ’ s first 5 G -enabled iPhones will arrive this September just like prior

A report from Susquehanna says that Apple could delay the launch of it 5 G iPhones , warning that the fastest 5 G model might not make its debut until 2021 . Yahoo Finance’ s Dan Roberts joins Seana Smith on The Ticker to discuss.

It’s no secret that Apple this year is planning to introduce a 5G enabled iPhone for the first time. And though other handset manufacturers were able to beat Apple to market with 5G devices, it hasn’t proven to be much of an issue given that 5G coverage still leaves a lot to be desired. By the time Apple introduces the iPhone 5G later this year, it stands to reason that 5G coverage will be significantly more expansive and 5G smartphones will, in turn, be that much more compelling.

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While it’s all but assumed that the entirety of Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup will hit store shelves in September, a new and somewhat sketchy research report from Susquehanna analyst Mehdi Hossein (via CNBC) claims that Apple may stagger the release of its iPhone 5G lineup.

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Apple ' s fastest 5 G iPhones may not launch until late 2020 or early 2021 , analysts say. Susquehanna said in a note to investors Monday that Apple will launch its first 5 G iPhones in September, followed by even faster 5 G iPhones in either December 2020 or January 2021 .

He expects Apple to ship 60 million 5 G iPhones in 2H20, with 52 million sub-6GHz to be available in September, and 8 million mmWave that could be delayed until December or even early 2021 . For some humor: " Apple reportedly delaying iPhone 5 G launch to 2021 due to component design issues

Specifically, Hossein relays that mmWave 5G iPhone models — which would provide faster connectivity than sub-6GHz 5G models — may not start shipping until early 2021.

“The delay in the launch,” Hossein notes, “according to our checks, stems from Apple’s decision to in-source Antenna-in-Package (AiP) modules instead of purchasing from a 3rd party.”

As a quick primer, the 5G standard encompasses two frequency ranges, one that includes sub-6GHz bands and another that supports higher frequency bands and is called mmWave. While mmWave waves do provide faster data speeds, they have some serious drawbacks insofar that they can’t travel far and are easily blocked by walls. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said as much in a blog post last year:

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Until Apple reached an agreement with Qualcomm, in fact, it was thought that Apple ' s iPhone 5 G might not arrive until 2021 . There will be a transition period as Apple works to ensure worldwide compatibility, however, and Qualcomm modems may remain in use for some time: "There's a fierce

iPhone 12 Models With Slower 5 G Speeds to Launch in 2020; Faster Variants Reportedly Delayed Until 2021 . Since Qualcomm and Apple have resumed business relations, it’ s almost guaranteed that the upcoming iPhones will offer 5 G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem.

Some of this is physics – millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has great potential in terms of speed and capacity, but it doesn’t travel far from the cell site and doesn’t penetrate materials at all. It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments.

Given that Apple’s iPhone lineup is already a bit convoluted, it’s hard to imagine Apple releasing two distinct iPhone 5G models just a few months apart. Notably, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who tends to have a solid track record with respect to Apple rumors — anticipates Apple will release four 5G iPhone models in 2020.

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