This week has really seen the 5G talk move from theoretical hyperbole to something more tangible and drool-inducing. That shift in discussion around this next-gen networking technology was due almost entirely to the excitement drummed up by a series of announcements from major players in the space like Verizon and AT&T (both of which announced plans to launch 5G-enabled smartphone with Samsung next year) and Qualcomm (which hosted its Snapdragon Technology Summit where it unveiled its 5G-ready 855 chipset). But perhaps one of the most important names in the smartphone space has been noticeably absent from eh 5G discussion to this point—that being Apple.
Actually, the headlines involving Apple and 5G-ready iPhones have referenced the company’s preference to delay the launch of any next-gen network device until at least 2020. But with all of the upcoming smartphone launches that will reportedly ship with support for the new 5G network, is the Cupertino-based manufacturer missing out on a huge opportunity by not having a 5G-ready iPhone next year?
It’s a fair question to ask, and the tech enthusiast in mean is screaming “Absolutely.” But as The Verge recently pointed out—and any understanding of Apple’s product strategy would show—the company has no issues holding out on must-have features until they’re fully matured and perfected. And that ought to be the number-one priority when you’re talking about implementing the next generation of wireless connectivity technology into your flagship device.