Intel Successfully Conducted the World’s First Over-the-Air 5G testing which opens the door for 5G Modems in 2018 iPhones
Patently Apple posted a patent report yesterday titled "Apple's 4th Millimeter Wave Antenna Patent Surfaces that Relates to iPhone Technology needed for 5G Networks." I noted in the report that AT&T would be launching 5G networks in a dozen U.S. markets later this year and that it would stand to reason that Apple would want to have they're premium Q4 iPhone line-up to be able to run on these networks.
Now that Qualcomm was found guilty by EU Regulators for forcing Apple to use their modems, Apple will likely lean towards using Intel's 5G modems.
More importantly, Intel announced yesterday afternoon that they along with Deutsche Telecom and Huawei successfully conducted the world's first over-the-air test showcasing 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) based on the Release 15 NSA 5G NR specification.
Intel stated that "The standard is defined through collaboration of the world's telecommunication companies within the 3GPP initiative. The test was based on Huawei's 5G commercial base station and Intel's third-generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform.
This testing is a critical step toward the full commercial launch of Intel-based 5G solutions that will be capable of supporting billions of connected devices by 2019." You could read more about this here.
Will Apple's iPhones and iPads be among those billions of devices that are 5G ready? It's hard to believe that Apple would delay implementation until late 2019. So I fully expect that Apple will future proof their premium 2018 iPhone models. I mean, who would buy an iPhone later this year without it being 5G ready?
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