Why you should not waste your money on a ‘5G’ phone in 2019

“Smartphone makers and network carriers are doing their best to hype up 5G as the next big thing, with the first wave of 5G-enabled smartphones due to hit this year,” Krishan Sharma writes for The Sydney Morning Post. “5G stands for “fifth generation mobile”, and it utilises increased allocation of radio spectrum to deliver faster download speeds, ultra-low latency and more capacity; allowing more people to use higher speeds at the same time, limiting congestion.”

“Every major handset maker (except Apple) plans to release a 5G-capable smartphone in 2019,” Sharma writes. “However the reality is that 5G hardware is going to be a decidedly first-generation affair, where early adopters of 5G smartphones will have to accept all manner of tradeoffs.”

There’ll be “a hefty premium [US$200-$300] to pay for a phone that will likely have less battery life and a larger footprint than a 4G phone,” Sharma writes. “5G is primarily being sold to consumers on the promise of delivering blazingly fast network speeds, but in the first few years at least they won’t be much faster than existing 4G speeds.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Expect the iPhone cloners, Samsung et al., to tout “5G” regardless since – given the fact that all they do is peddle pretend iPhones to the ignorant – they believe, likely correctly, that their customers won’t know any better.

Apple is going to wait until 5G is worth supporting, not rush it to market in order to bilk the ignoranti with a check mark on a spec sheet that most will never use in 2019. If 5G actually mattered to enough people in 2019, Apple would have a 5G iPhone available in 2019. 5G is still very much in the trial phase and will have very limited availability in 2018. There is currently no standard for 5G deployments. The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance says that 5G should be rolled out in the U.S. by 2020.MacDailyNews, December 3, 2018

Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone – December 3, 2018
More evidence that Apple’s building its own cellular modem – July 31, 2017
Apple’s next-gen iPhones said to lack 5G modem to match rivals’ data speed – June 9, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ninetimesoutoften” for the heads up.]


    1. This is just Tim Cook propaganda, because fanboys know lazy Cook won’t have a 5G device this year because of his ongoing war with Qualcomm.

      Although you can expect at least a 40% increase on 2019 iPhones even though there will be no significant improvements… just because.

      This shit is getting tiring.


      1. This is just Zero Randy propaganda, because fanboys know lazy Randy won’t have a 6G device this year or any year before 2029 because of his ongoing war with sanity.

        Although you can expect at least a 40% increase on Randian shrill hyperbole even though there will be no significant improvements in the quality of his arguments… just because.

        Randy’s shit is getting tiring.

    2. Amen. Good to read Apple is taking a cautious course. I have ZERO issues with my connection speeds on a beloved three-year-old SE. No way I will pay more for something I don’t need. Leave that up to the braggart kiddies out to impress their friends…

    3. Oh look, its the ‘radiation dangers’ mantra again.

      First, the cited reference doesn’t contain the URL links back to the relevant papers that it claims to be citing, which violates basic tenants of scientific research to allow for independent review & verification.

      Second, there’s been a healthy handful of scientists who have been trying to claim horrific outcomes for a couple of decades. They’ve been regularly debunked.

      Third, there is a recognized hazard from mmW from thermal effects, but you need to really pay attention to context, because we are also harmed by thermal injury from other sources too: pouring 150F hot water into your eyes isn’t a happy place either, but that doesn’t mean that conventional 100F hot showers (a) have the same bio-effect, and (b) are something that society then chooses to give up taking hot showers.

      Fourth, mmW is non-ionizing radiation. That means that even if directly exposed, it lacks sufficient energy to break bonds in DNA.

      Fifth, as mmW frequencies increase, the max depth of energy penetration into the epidermis decreases. Because the skin’s outermost layer is dead cells, whatever risk of causing DNA damage is increasingly limited to cells which are dead. Dead cells won’t reproduce, so the mechanism with which DNA damage could be passed along to cause cancers is increasingly obstructed as mmW frequencies increase.

      1. This won’t stop me, the supreme Zerorandy, from blaming Tim Cook’s pending 5G from penetrating into skin’s outermost layer of dead cells.

        Of course I have been a 5G beta tester for Qualcomm the last couple of years, they have paid me to hold pre-release 5G chipsets close to my head for $2000 per month

        As you can sea, their argh Noah problemmes with me that eye can sea having okkkured at all, I am compleately norrmalware.

        1. While we know that you’re just trying to entertain yourself with some pathetically lame trolling, there is nevertheless still a serious side to science … and this topic … which your playtime is undermining.

          The reality is that because of bandwidth demands, higher band wireless communication is inevitable, and that motivation is sufficiently strong, so if there eventually are any real health problems found, the decades of ‘sky is falling’ kooks will help them to sweep it under the rug.

          Case in point, there’s already a working MMIC chip which has demonstrated ~5GHz of bandwidth – – but that frequency also already has its very own personal kook who claims (and IMO he really believes) that he was a victim of ‘Evil Government’ experiments on mind control.

    4. The true cognitive dissonance is spelling cognitive dissonance as “cognative disconance”.

      It takes a special kind of zero randian brainlessness to get the spelling of cognitive dissonance wrong, and if you were doing it on purpose, well, it was a great big fail.

  1. Looks like it will be at least 2020 before I upgrade my iPhone X then. A faster connected horse is about the only real reason to upgrade for. But according to CognativeDisonance 5G can also warm my tea and cook hot dogs. Bonus!

  2. So unless you break your mobile phone, there’s no substantial reason to update until 2020, right? Guess the trusty 6S Plus gets a greater lease on life. Also, if 5G is so damaging, looks like I’ll be continuing to use a corded headset to keep some distance between me and the handset.

  3. MDN so in 2020 when 5G is more prominent, the folks who paid 1000+ for a 2019 iPhone are gonna feel left out and disappointed that their expensive iPhone will never support 5G for the several years that they will own the phone. Meanwhile the competitors phones will support 5G in 2019 and the rest of the world is going to perceive that Apple is again behind the competition with cutting-edge technology. Your point that 5G won’t really be worth it in 2019 is irrelevant when the phone will be released at the end of the year closer to 2020. 5G will be widespread long before 2019 iPhone is obsolete.

    1. ivid is livid that he’s livin’ large on psycosbillin. Trondud where are you? GoeB or not GoeB, that is the randy question zeroes need to ask themselves!

  4. I think wait until after late 2020 when bugs for the protocol get ironed out and also with WPA3 and wifi6 along with many new major iterations (these ones happen once in a decade or so) of microchip and battery technologies coming out by then.

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