Why Apple’s iPhone 11 Line-Up Don’t Support 5G


After the recent launch of the iPhone 11, it has been discovered that the newest flagship device from Apple won’t be 5G compatible.

Due to the fact that these services are not being supported, Apple will be behind the flagship models of their competitors, such as the Galaxy S10 Samsung, the LG V50 ThinQ and Huawei’s Mate X, but Apple was never the first to introduce new technology to its phones and launched their first 2G iPhone when it’s competition were already pushing 3G.

According to a story in The Verge, rumours are that 5G is coming for the next iPhone generation in 2020, Apple being just one year behind. The fact that 5G has only lately been introduced and is only available in a tiny amount of US states is the reason Apple has skipped including in the 2019 iPhone 11 line-ups.

The Verge also points out that the rare coverage provided by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile is another factor. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray previously said that in talking about 5 G millimeter wave technology:

“It will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments.”

The addition of 5G to Apple is also said to have been a possibly stopped due to overheating, as the company was equally hesitancy with its early swaps to LTE. Furthermore, Qualcomm is the sole provider of a 5G-capable chip, which means that a 5G smartphone is currently unable to provide all the 5G bands and technologies offered ideally by mobile suppliers and mobile companies.

Apple has said that its iPhone 11 Pro has improved LTE speeds, which is up to 20 percent quicker than the XS and XS Max’s, according to Sascha Segan from PCMag. Nevertheless, there are rumours that an iPhone with 5G functionality will be released in 2020 as Apple has concentrated this year on other fields such as tri-camera configuration.

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