05 Nov Apple’s first 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020
Apple’s 5G iPhone will come to market in 2020, a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans says.
Apple plans to use Intel’s 8161 5G modem chip in its 2020 phones. Intel hopes to fabricate the 8161 using its 10-nanometer process, which increases transistor density for more speed and efficiency. If everything goes as planned, Intel will be the sole provider of iPhone modems.
Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., will initially rely on millimetre-wave spectrum (between 28 gigahertz and 39 GHz) to connect the first 5G phones. But millimetre-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips and RF chains, our source explains. This causes the release of higher-than-normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone–so much so that the heat can be felt on the outside of the phone.
5G phone networks are still under construction in Australia, and there are currently no 5G smartphones available for purchase anywhere in the world. This is likely to be the case until sometime next year.
Apple tends not to make comment about upcoming iPhones until it officially announces them, and unsurprisingly, hasn’t said anything about when it plans to add 5G support.
The first iPhone with 4G connectivity was the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 launched about a year after 4G networks were switched on in Australia.