Apple will dominate 5G sales in 2020

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5G iPhones will outsell all rivals in 2020.
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Apple will beat out Samsung and Huawei in 5G handsets next year, according to a forecast by industry analysts. This despite accusations by some critics that not putting 5G in the iPhone 11 would put Apple far behind its rivals.

Analyst complains iPhone’s average selling price is slipping

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Analyst complains iPhone’s average selling price is slipping
Apple needs to ramp up iPhone prices -- or so one analyst thinks.
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There are plenty of reasons to be enthusiastic about Apple’s massive earnings call yesterday. One analyst who’s not happy, however, is Barclays analyst Tim Long. In a note to clients, Long writes that Apple average selling price for iPhones may be slipping.

Apple stopped reporting unit sales for the iPhone last year. Instead, it focused on ramping up the average price it sells each iPhone for. Perhaps not enough, though.

Apple fans can’t wait to pay big bucks for a 5G iPhone

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Some people are willing to pay a lot for a 5G iPhone.
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There’s growing interest in a 5G iPhone, according to survey done by a market-analysis firm. Almost a quarter of current users of Apple handsets would be willing to pay more for an iPhone with a higher-speed wireless connection than the cost of the company’s top-tier device today.

Why Intel wants out of modem biz (and Apple wants in)

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Intel CEO admits there just weren’t enough companies interested in Intel phone modems.
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Intel CEO Bob Swan says his company decided to bail out off the phone modem business because these products had too few customers to make much money.

Apple is the primary buyer of Intel modems, and the iPhone maker is now reportedly going to acquire Intel’s related patents as it prepares to make its own 5G modems.

Real-world 5G is 2.7x faster than 4G

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The US is well ahead of the rest of the world in 5G speeds.
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Apple fans might be underwhelmed by 5G because they’ll have to wait another year for an iPhone with this replacement for LTE, but there’s a lot to look forward to. A new study of finds that users can expect the new technology to bring download speeds that are 2.7 times faster than 4G.

Expect multiple 5G iPhones in 2020

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Ming-Chi Kuo spills details on 5G iPhone, antenna challenges
Ming-Chi Kuo spills details on 5G iPhone, antenna challenges
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Apple may be waiting a bit longer than some of its rivals to go 5G, but it will reportedly jump into this cutting-edge networking standard in a big way next year. There will be two 5G iPhone models introduced in 2020, according to a respected analyst.

Early test shows the promise and perils of 5G

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The first 5G devices are wicked fast, but not very practical yet.
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The first steps of the move from 4G LTE to 5G NR are underway. And tests with one of the first two handsets capable of connecting to Verizon’s version of this faster network show 5G offers amazing speeds but very, very limited range.

VP helping lead the charge for a 5G iPhone departs company

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A veteran Apple VP who was a big proponent for a 5G iPhone is leaving.
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The Apple vice president in charge of sourcing 4G and 5G iPhone modems has left. The departure of Rubén Caballero comes as this part of Apple’s business is in transition, with Qualcomm once again available to provide these vital components.

It seems developing a 5G iPhone is going to continue to be more difficult than one might expect.