5G technology allows reaching unimaginable speeds on the mobile network. It is expected to land on the iPhone next year.
With iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, in contrast to the Android competitors, Apple has resisted the sirens of 5G to implement it in the models coming next year. The new mobile communication protocol will bring greater performance and open doors to applications that seem science fiction today. Here’s what’s cooking in Cupertino.
What is 5G
5G is the name given to the latest generation mobile communication protocol; its main feature is the connection speed which should be between 10 and 100 times more efficient than 4G LTE. And this is nothing because there is also greater spectral efficiency, greater coverage and significantly lower latency.
All these big words basically mean that videoconferencing will be even more fluid, detailed and in real-time than current ones; that downloading or viewing a 4K movie will take a few moments or, more trivially, that publishing a video on Instagram will last a fraction of a second. All with a much greater number of users simultaneously connected.
And we will use this technology for everything from smartphones to smart appliances, passing through traffic lights, street lamps and advertising systems. Here we talk about the foundations on which we will build smart cities, security systems, and medical assistance. In practice, let’s talk about the future.
5G on the iPhone
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The iPhone coming up next year, on the other hand, is full of surprises. There is talk of a design borrowed from iPhone 4, of an even more powerful A14 Bionic processor (and the A13 is already a power monster ), of sensors hidden in the frame (therefore, no Notch), of a faster Face ID and a fingerprint sensor hidden under the display.
Finally, it seems that the rear camera will gain 3D features that will allow you to map the surrounding environment, perform three-dimensional scans of objects and people, and finally generate the most immersive and incredible Augmented Reality that has ever been seen in the smartphone world. All combined with artificial intelligence capable of understanding what you are photographing and consequently choose the most appropriate settings of focal length, aperture, zoom, wide-angle, filters and so on. In practice, it will be like having a professional photographer with a darkroom in your pocket.
When it arrives?
A premise needs to be made. Here we are still talking about rumors; therefore, until the counter-order of Cupertino, it is all to be confirmed. But some analysts and websites are historically much more reliable than others, and that’s why we can say the following: even if the final specifications of the iPhone 12 were to diverge, it cannot be said that Apple did not at least contemplate the idea of designing it like this. Then, for heaven’s sake: hitches of various kinds and technological, industrial or logistical limits can go sideways and force you to change course; but those are setbacks with which one hopes to never have to deal.
That said, all the indicators suggest a launch in September 2020. The 5G modem will be supplied (and paid for in gold) by Qualcomm, but it is almost certainly very soon – perhaps as early as 2022 – the apple will switch to a completely designed modem in Cupertino.
Why Not Before?
Someone might turn up their noses, and ask: why didn’t 5G come along with iPhone 11? The reasons are many, but there are at least a couple that stands out above all:
In order for a device to take advantage of 5G, managers must have provided adequate coverage. And at the moment, in our country, it exists only by very few carriers and in any case only in a leopard spot in the main cities. As if to say, the chances of your home or office are covered by the new standard are minimal.
Users, for the moment, do not feel all this need for higher speeds; the proof is the fact that iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro repair sell like bread, despite a widespread pessimism of insiders. Recently, Apple has had to increase production by 10%.