Apple’s annual baseband upgrade is the slowest among many mobile phone manufacturers, and now that its relationship with Qualcomm has deteriorated, it may have a serious problem with 5G technology. From the current progress in 5G development, the second half of 2019 will probably see the preponderance of 5G devices. However, there will be no Apple product in the first batch of 5G devices.
According to recent reports, iPhones will not support 5G networks till about 2020 at the earliest. In the current plan of Apple, there is no 5G smartphone. iPhones are very important to Apple (accounts for more than half of Apple’s total revenue), and the company is quite careful in upgrading. Furthermore, Apple’s strained relationship with Qualcomm (a major player in 5G tech development) means that the American manufacturing giant needs to look for a viable option. Although 5G mobile phones will be shipped from next year, they will not be popular until 2021. However, it is expected that by 2022, 5G mobile phones will account for 97% of 5G high-end equipment shipments, and about one-fifth of new mobile phones will support 5G. From the above survey, we can also see that even in the Android camp, there will not be many 5G devices before 2020.