While major Android gadget makers were jostling about plans to roll out 5G phones this year, Apple has remained a mom.
In fact, not only Apple would not fail to release 5G iPhones this year, experts also claimed that the company would not reach its 2020 target
Apple was seeing its iPhone falling far behind its competitors – and all because of a tiny chip.
Apple and Qualcomm do good
Apple found itself in this dilemma because 2 years ago, it filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm for millions of dollars in patents. Qualcomm retaliated with his own lawsuit against Apple.
It is here that Apple's plan to market an iPhone 5G began to collapse. Qualcomm manufactures the 5G chips that Apple needs for iPhones.
In order to tell Qualcomm to get lost, Apple started working with Intel to create the crucial chip. The confrontation between Apple and Qualcomm was underway.
But on April 16, during the opening statement, the two parties surprised industry observers by suddenly reaching an agreement and abandoning any dispute. Suddenly, Qualcomm and Apple have resumed their activities.
A few hours after the announcement of this deal, Intel has announced its release from the 5G smartphone chip market. The company failed to manufacture the much needed Apple chip.
No doubt that Apple executives already knew and they found themselves without any option, Apple decided to be the first to blink. Now, Qualcomm and Apple are doing fine again.
For iPhone enthusiasts, this agreement means that 5G handsets will be in the foreseeable future. Industry experts estimate that it is unlikely that Apple could release 5G iPhones this year, while other Android manufacturers plan to roll out their 5Gs.
The first Apple will probably be able to release the 5G is in 2020. But do not feel too bad in love with the iPhone.
Verizon, AT & T, Sprint and T-Mobile will sell 5G phones this year, but only in some cities. And even if you live in one of these cities, coverage will be uneven.
5G is finally becoming a reality, but there is still a long way to go
Despite the slow deployment, here's why people are so excited about 5G. If you like streaming or online games from wireless networks, extending bandwidth is a huge deal.
It will also provide improvements in speed, coverage and reliability, since the 5G uses different types of frequencies and antennas of the radio spectrum. This allows the network to connect to many more devices while reducing delays and performance at ultra-fast speeds.
The frequencies are also different, the 4G using frequencies below 6 GHz, while the 5G uses extremely high frequencies between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. The speeds are also different with the minimum 4G download peak sitting at 1 Gbps and 5G with 20 Gbps.
Another contrast between 5G and 4G is that 5G networks can more easily recognize the type of data requested. It can also switch to a lower power mode when it is not used and when the bit rates are low for particular media, then switch to a more powerful power mode, for example for HD streaming.
Wire cutter, you could be fined by the FCC if you do
In the current video ecosystem, users have a plethora of choices for streaming devices. Some users, however, really want everything. Unlimited movies, a wider selection of titles and a cheaper price can be found on some streaming devices if you know where to look. Here is the trap: most of these gadgets are bootlegs. And thanks to a recent notice from the FCC, their use for streaming could put you in the hot water.
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