5G not ready for iPhone 11

5G not ready for iPhone 11

Original material by Chris Welch.

As expected, the Apple iPhone 2019 line does not support the 5G technology, resulting in iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 won't have the boost in next-gen data rates we've seen in recent smartphones from Samsung, LG and OnePlus.

But Apple is worth waiting another year before equipping iPhone with support for 5G, and this has nothing to do with security. Networks 5G still give the impression of networks in their early stages, and only now operators have begun to take some real steps in this direction, bringing 5G to more cities throughout the United States . But there are other obstacles and obstacles that will force Apple to refrain for another year – perhaps even more – before integrating 5G into iPhone.


Currently, the growing networks 5G of the major US carriers are not able to provide a stable positive customer experience. Покрытие очень плохое, точечное, и у Verizon, и у AT&T, и у T-Mobile. These companies use millimeter-wave technology, which delivers incredibly fast download speeds, but poses significant challenges when it comes to signal coverage of cities 5G. The millimeter wave cannot match the range of LTE base stations, which forces operators to set 'points' 5G' throughout the city in which they offer their services. “The network will not go beyond the range of individual points 5G in a dense urban environment,” said T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray of millimeter wave 5G.

I have tested 5G Verizon in Chicago and T-Mobile in New York twice. Both operators 5G hit me with incredible speed, but coverage was often partial and extremely sensitive to anything between you and the 'millimeter wave' sources providing these instant downloads. And there is no coverage. Ситуация с AT&T, вероятно, такая же, но я еще не тестировал их 5G-сеть, поскольку на данный момент она открыта только для предприятий и производителей программного обеспечения 5G; even regular customers cannot access. And in most cases, the data rate drops to the LTE data rate, and this partial implementation is not impressive.

5G not ready for iPhone 11

Sprint is in a better position because their 5G – network operates in the mid-band and already offers full coverage similar to LTE coverage in the areas where it was launched. The disadvantage of this approach is that such a network is noticeably slower. In addition, Sprint is still only represented in a small number of cities, and Apple is not going to create a phone 5G for the weakest carrier in the US – even if the device could help the position Apple in China.

All US carriers swear they have aggressive building plans 5G with long lists of cities to roll out networks in the coming months. I have no doubt that the coverage area 5G will noticeably grow closer to 2020, but I'm not sure that in a year I will be able to walk around Manhattan or San Francisco with full coverage everywhere. Regardless, the networks 5G will be much better than they are now, so the whole world should wait.


The original iPhone was released with support for 2G / Edge networks when many other phones at the time already had 3G support. Apple was in no hurry to switch to 4G and LTE and waited until iPhone 5 before making it. Based on this precedent, no one expected the company to get involved in the game with 5G.

Early devices 5G also face some problems that forced Apple to postpone LTE: the first LTE phones had short battery life and overheated. Fortunately, the Qualcomm X50 5G modem does not have such a detrimental effect on battery life, but in warm weather it turned out that heat is an issue. Those of us who tested T-Mobile's Galaxy S10 5G in New York on a hot summer day found that it often switched to 4G due to overheating. Hardly anyone's dreams of 5G include having to put iced coffee on the phone to keep it working.

And the Qualcomm chip is the only option at the moment, which leads to another problem.


Currently there is no 5G – a phone that would support all the bands and technologies 5G that operators and device manufacturers ultimately need. Qualcomm is still using the first generation modem 5G, and companies like Samsung are going ahead on their own.

A layered strategy that takes into account the full spectrum of low, mid and high frequencies is essential to ensure connection integrity 5G, but no device on the market will match this when operators are ready. By next September, Qualcomm will almost certainly unveil a more functional and future-oriented modem 5G, which will better unleash the full potential we hear about all the time. But this first wave of devices 5G is not it.

5G not ready for iPhone 11


In preparation for the announcement of new iPhone Apple always trumpets about customer satisfaction with its previous iPhone. CEO Tim Cook regularly states that the joy people get from glass and metal devices Apple is unheard of in the entire industry. 5G, in its current state, will turn this upside down. An iPhone 5G with uncertain coverage 5G will be disappointing for shoppers next year and will lead to a drop in loyal customers Apple. People are more likely to associate negativity from 5G equally with both the carrier and the device.

5G The Galaxy Note 10 and S10 didn’t sell in measurable quantities, so you won’t hear a lot of complaints. These devices, which are priced hundreds of dollars higher than their mainstream LTE counterparts, are designed to let the company say 'we are the first!' And so people who want 5G right now, wherever they are nor received, can satisfy their desire for an additional payment. But they are never advertised as the main flagship or destination. You may recall the OnePlus 7 Pro in a few years, but most likely you will not recall the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

When Apple decides to upgrade to 5G, she will go all in with the flagship device, which will be sold nonstop. Simply put, if you lose, then not everything.


What can 5G give you that LTE can't? Yes, downloading entire movies or seasons of series from Netflix in seconds is an impressive demo of the technology. And fast response times 5G will dramatically improve the online gaming experience – when networks can actually offer that fast response time. At the moment, this is not the case.

Meanwhile, Apple says it has bumped LTE speeds by iPhone 11 Pros to new heights that should be on par with Samsung's top phones. The very knowledgeable Sasha Segan of PCMag expects the 11 Pro with its 4×4 MIMO and 'faster gigabit grade LTE than the iPhone XS' (as per Apple) will be 20 percent faster than XS and XS Max. Apple also added support for LTE bands, which Verizon will rely on in congested metro areas to boost data speeds. Please note that Apple will still use chips Intel to achieve all of this: she entered into an agreement with Qualcomm too late to make any changes to the upgrade cycle iPhone 2019.


All testimonials from reliable journalists indicate that Apple in 2020 will move to 5G with new iPhone, which, in addition to providing much higher data rates, will have more significant design changes than iPhone 11 and 11 Pro this year. And maybe we'll get reverse wireless charging, which has been rumored to be unconfirmed. This year Apple has focused on cameras, but next year it may well enter a new era of possibilities with our everyday applications.

Original material by Chris Welch.

The slowness of the Cupertinians in the use of new technologies can be explained either by caution and uncertainty based on the fear of losing profits, or by a clear plan based on previous experience. In fact, there is a feeling that Apple again wants to give others the opportunity to be the first to fill the bumps, so that then, taking into account other people's mistakes, collect all the laurels by entering the arena at a certain time in a certain place with the most refined product. We will wait and see, the blessing is not long to wait, only a year.

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