No, despite the headlines and hype, 5G is not here yet; and not likely to be fully ubiquitous for a few years. A few manufacturers are pushing their 5G smartphones and more will be released over the next couple of years. What can you expect in a 5G iPhone?
How about thicker, heavier, and more expensive? Or, maybe not. Nobody– except Apple– really knows for sure, so anything you read– especially from analysts who get paid to guess what will happen– is conjecture.
Here’s an example.
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max already are thicker and heavier. Why? Sir Jonny Ive moved to less busy pastures and Apple’s executives and engineers decided pragmatism could be designed into the iPhone. More and better cameras. Better battery life.
Popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks 5G will make iPhones thicker and heavier; the logic board alone growing by 10-percent, and the price tag for 5G could cost Apple more than 35-percent. Now you can see why Apple wants to design and build its own 5G modems, right?
He also thinks the new metal frame will drive up costs, and new OLED displays will drive up costs, so add those two to a more expensive 5G modem which takes up more space and what do you get?
A bigger, thicker, fatter, and more expensive iPhone 12.
Does that sound like Apple to you?
The first crop of 5G smartphones are already on the market and they have one thing in common. They are thicker, heavier, more expensive, and suck up battery life, so at least there is some precedent.
Apple, however, was slow to the 3G party, slow to 4G LTE, and that enabled the time necessary for the technology to become more efficient, less battery hungry, and that likely will be the case with 5G iPhones, too.
Assume for a moment that bigger, thicker, fatter, and more expensive is the only way iPhone 12 will happen in 2020.
What’s the real question to consider?
How much bigger? How much thicker and fatter? How much more expensive?
iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are thicker and heavier than their 2018 predecessors, but they also have four to five hours longer battery life, so nobody complains much about how heavy they are. Apple has a good track record of bringing new technology to market when it is ready, and I trust that 5G will not be much different.
If it is, and the 2020 iPhones are thick as gold bricks, then I can always hold onto iPhone 11 Pro Max for another year. It shoots photos as well as expensive DSLRs, video better than broadcast TV or movies, and, well, besides, the public internet won’t be as fast as 5G for years.