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iPhone won’t join the 5G race until 2020

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As Apple is set to announce the launch of its latest iPhone iteration, one thing is for sure: it won’t have 5G. Apple has always seemed to be at the forefront of new technology, but the company is falling behind the competition with its newest device, when it comes to 5G technology. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Edition is already available to buy, along with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.

"2019 will remain a challenging year for iPhone shipments with volumes expected to drop to 177.9 million."

IDC Market Forecast

2019 will be challenging

The IDC Market Forecast predicts that “2019 will remain a challenging year for iPhone shipments with volumes expected to drop to 177.9 million, down 14.8% year over year, mostly due to market maturity as well as a lack of 5G devices”.

This certainly rings true. Apple will be pushed to the background of consumer’s minds as they focus on the shiny new 5G-capable devices. This could cause shares to drop and put investors off the company for the time being. 

Could 2020 provide a silver lining?

 However, the IDC Market Forecast goes on to say that a “much more planned” 5G launch may benefit Apple.  Apple will be able to observe mistakes and challenges other companies face in order to improve its own 5G service. This could result in Apple’s 5G phones being far superior to its competitors, and the launch certainly won’t feel rushed.

Perhaps slow and steady really does win the race; only time will tell. 

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Fiona discovered her love for investing and making money from a young age. Since then this interest has grown and now she loves writing about investing and business, and follows the 5G market closely. She is also a technology enthusiast, and so they tend to be her favourite investments.