Apple has planned to delay releasing a 5G phone until at least 2020, according to a report by Bloomberg.
"As with 3G and 4G, the two previous generations of mobile technology, Apple will wait as long as a year after the initial deployment of the new networks before its main product gets the capability to access them," reported Bloomberg.
Its main competitors, Samsung and Huawei, have both announced plans to launch 5G-enabled smartphones in 2019. Apple on the other hand seems to be holding off embracing the technology until issues such as spotty coverage have been ironed out.
However, this tactic has attracted criticism from 5G advocates. "5G boosters argue the switch is a much bigger speed upgrade, making Apple's decision to wait riskier," said Bloomberg. "The networks will open the floodgates to new types of mobile computing."
The report also speculated that the delay in using the technology could be due to the company's recent legal battles with Qualcomm over what the chipmaker believes are unpaid royalties.
5G is set to revolutionize mobile technology due to its ability to massively increase internet speed and its promise to seamlessly marry data collection and computation. Ericsson recently predicted that it will cover more than 40% of the global population by 2024.