Apple is entering the 5G race with its new 12-series iPhones. More than a year after rivals Samsung and Huawei, Apple is bringing 5G-enabled smartphones onto the market.
5G devices are still underrepresented on the global smartphone market and have a share of 13 percent. Experts expect sales of 5G smartphones to grow by 1,300 percent in 2020 and reach 250 million units.
Apple, of course, wants a piece of this cake. The devices will be delivered a little later this year, but the iPhone maker is hoping for the holiday season.
There’s another obstacle in the US, says analyst Tim Bajarin:
“Apple has so much power and clout through its buyers that it will also accelerate the adoption of 5G. Of course, the bigger problem in the short term is that 5G networks are still sparse in certain parts of the US. It will be in the US not yet fully expanded. In Europe and Asia, expansion has continued. “
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Apple’s eagerly anticipated launch takes place amid ongoing geopolitical turmoil around the world’s largest cell phone manufacturer, Huawei.
The US, fearing that Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage, is putting pressure on its European allies to exclude the Chinese company from the 5G expansion.
Great Britain has already given in and Brussels has recently pushed for less dependence on Huawei.