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Faster data is coming, and Apple is planning on adopting 5G carrier support in iPhone models in 2020. Here’s everything we know and what you need to know about 5G and iPhone.
According to a source close to Apple that spoke with FastCompany, “the 2020 iPhone range will be using the Intel 8161 5G modem exclusively. It’ll enable speeds of at least 1 gigabit per second, possibly reaching speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second, depending on network and modem advancements in the next year.”
Apple gained FCC approval to begin testing 5G technology last year, but, a legal battle with Qualcomm delayed some of its testings. Nevertheless, Intel is said to be the sole supplier in the 5G Intel 8161 modem in the first 5G iPhone models. Apple is also facing other challenges with the modem as the Intel model has been experiencing issues with heat dissipation and thermals, making iPhone warmer to the touch.
In order to bring 5G to handsets, the modem has to be able to run on the millimeter wave spectrum, with operation between 28 gigahertz and 39 GHz. Because of these frequencies, the modem will be under continuous heavy load, thus creating higher than normal thermal temperatures.
5G is said to compete directly with the speeds of in-home internet. With 4G only capable of around 75 MB/s, 5G will be capable of 3.2 GB/s.
According to the same source, Intel hasn’t been able to get the chip to work inside the prototype iPhone model, but, Apple is still on track to bring 5G to the iPhone in 2020 despite these roadblocks.
In a statement by Intel to The Verge, “5G customer engagements and roadmap have not changed for 2018 through 2020. We remain committed to our 5G plans and projects.“