|When Is the 5G iPhone Coming?|
Carriers will be moving to 5G over the next few years. Here's what you need to know about when the iPhone will be switching over. October 31, 2019
The iPhone 11 is here, and it doesn't have 5G. For a year now, we've been expecting 5G to arrive in the 2020 iPhone models, and we still expect that. Whether that means delaying your iPhone purchase is up to you.
It's important to understand that in September 2020, when the 5G iPhone is likely to come out, 5G in the US will be considerably less of a mess than it is right now. At the moment, 5G coverage is very limited and no phone can handle all of the kinds of 5G available in the US. That's likely to shake out by next year, making 2020 the prime time for a 5G iPhone.
If Apple sticks with the 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max structure and releases three iPhones next year, I expect that only the more expensive two will have 5G. The 5G modems will still be premium components, and for the past two years Apple has differentiated its lower-cost iPhones by giving them fewer modem capabilities (leaving out 4x4 MIMO antennas). That will probably continue next year, too.