Apple Is Testing 5G For Future iPhones

An application for an experimental license to use new wireless technology, called millimeter wave, was signed on Tuesday by Apple and made public by the FCC.

The application from Apple has specifically mentioned the 28GHz and 39GHz bands, which were approved by FCC a year ago for commercial use for 5G applications, as per the report. Despite Apple's urgency in launching the 5G technology, it is nearly certain that the iPhone 8 and other upcoming devices for 2017 will not support the new wireless technology.

Meanwhile, wireless network carriers in the US have started laying the groundwork for 5G.

The company will conduct its tests at two different locations in the Silicon Valley area, one location is Milpitas and the other will be in Cupertino, near to the company's headquarters. Apple's experiments will use technologies developed by Rohde & Schwarz, A.H. Systems, and Analog Devices. The experiment will not last longer than 12 months, according to the application. Although Apple would jump at the chance to incorporate such a desirable feature in its future smartphone offering, the latest rumors have suggested that the tech giant would be wise enough to wait until 5G wireless network coverage becomes more of a commonplace.

While this development may have gotten you excited about the prospects of the company's iPhone 8 shipping with the updated 5G wireless technology, it will actually not be the case.

Tech maestro Apple has just started testing 5G millimeter wave wireless technology.

The application from Apple has specifically mentioned the 28GHz and 39GHz bands, which were approved by FCC a year ago for commercial use for 5G applications, as per the report. These transmissions will be consistent with the parameters and equipment identified in Apple's accompanying Form 442, and will include the use of a horn antenna with a half-power beamwidth of 20 degrees in the E-plane and H-plane and a downtilt between 20 - 25 degrees.

  • Arturo Norris