iPhone 11

You won’t see 5G on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro or any Apple iPhone until at least 2020. CNET reports that it’s because Apple and Qualcomm were too busy suing each other to get it done. While that may have had something to do with it, the most obvious reason is far more simple — there’s no reason for 5G phones in 2019.

First, from a consumer point of view, there is nothing like nationwide coverage, not even close. So, at best, you can experience 5G speeds in small areas. Then, there’s the practical reality of smartphones in 2019. They won’t do anything better on a 5G network than they do on a 4G network. You might download a big movie faster, but not much faster than the WiFi in your home. You might stream a little smoother, but you would not notice it. You might have a better augmented reality experience — except, there really are no AR experiences that need 5G right now.

This will all change in a year or so. There is all kinds of investment capital behind 5G and AT&T and Verizon have basically be the farm on it.

Industrial 5G is here now and it’s awesome. Consumer 5G? We’re probably three iPhones cycles away from making 5G compatibility a dealbreaker for a new phone purchase.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.


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