Can't wait for a 5G iPhone? You'll have to

Joanna Estrada
December 4, 2018

Motorola was the first one, but its phone needs a 5G module that's not available in stores - not that 5G networks are really available to potential customers right now. Xiaomi then said it'll have a 5G version of its latest flagship in stores and teased the handset in previous weeks, but you can't buy that phone.

5G internet connectivity is expected to bring much faster upload and download speeds, higher quality video and improved internet connectivity.

Companies like Verizon and Samsung said they will release smartphones with 5G connectivity sometime in the first half of next year.

Apple is now evaluating in-display fingerprint sensors from three suppliers - O-film, General Interface Solution, and TPK Holding - the report says.

Apple could wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of 5G to launch an iPhone compatible with the new generation of mobile technology.

Though many publications have stated that delaying the release of a 5G iPhone is a controversial move on Apple's part, waiting until 2020 makes a significant amount of sense on the tech giant's part.

Neither Apple nor Intel immediately responded to requests for comment.

The report also notes that Apple won't partner with other Qualcomm competitors that also manufacture 5G modems.

As is often common in the smartphone space, this means that Android manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei could end up with a brief technical advantage over Apple. Huawei reportedly plans to include 5G in its foldable phone.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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