Wait for 5G
We'll see several 5G-powered Android devices launch in 2019, but it looks like iPhone owners will have to wait another year (or more) for the same capabilities.
As we push into 2019, 5G service is starting up in the United States and other regions around the world.
Samsung, one of Apple's fiercest competitors, has released a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 and it's currently available on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It features an array of high-end specifications.
Apple was slow to adopt 4G LTE and it looks like the company will be far behind the curve when it comes to 5G.
Barring a huge change in direction, it looks like the company's first 5G iPhone will arrive in 2010, long after its rivals.
Now that Intel has killed its 5G plans for phones, it looks like Apple will depend on some old friends for its 5G modems.
A report from Nikkei claims that Apple now plans to use Qualcomm chips for its 5G iPhone in 2020. The company has reportedly been testing the chips well ahead of the launch.
A separate report from Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will also use Samsung to supply modems in select markets.
With Samsung and Qualcomm now on board, it looks like Apple will be ready to deliver a 5G-ready phone in 2020.
A report from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis suggests that the 2020 iPhones will indeed be the first iPhones with support for 5G. JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee has the same train of thought. So does Kuo who now believes all three 2020 iPhone models will come with support for 5G.
Kuo previously stated that only two of Apple's 2020 iPhone models (the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models) would feature 5G while the 6.1-inch model would be limited to LTE.
If your current phone is still performing well and you're intrigued by 5G data speeds, you might want to sit this year out and wait for the next batch of iPhones.