Apple Is Testing 5G Tech For IPhones Of The Future

Posted: May 24 2017, 5:46am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple is Testing 5G Tech for iPhones of the Future

Apple may see a future for iPhones that communicate directly with satellites

An interesting report has surfaced from Business Insider that claims Apple is currently at work on next generation wireless technology that will bring faster internet speeds to the iPhones of the future. The tech is commonly known as 5G, which is an update to the speeds currently offered with 4G devices of today via LTE. Word is that the new 5G tech will massively increase the speed and bandwidth of the iPhone mobile connection.

Apple signed an application to use new 5G tech known as millimeter wave this week with the FCC. "Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum," according to the application.

"These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks," it continued.

The application says that Apple will be testing the new technology at two locations including facilities in Cupertino and Milpitas, CA. The test equipment that Apple will use includes some strange sounding gear such as a horn antenna with half-power beamwidth of 20 degrees in the E-plane and H-plane along with a downtilt of between 20 and 25 degrees. The testing will last for a period of not longer than 12 months.

The interesting part here is that you can't have 5G phones without having a 5G network. I'd wager Apple knows exactly when major US carriers will be rolling out their 5G networks and I have to wonder if that will be in the next 12-18 months. Apple calls out 28 and 29 GHz bands in its application, the same bands approved for commercial 5G last year.

One real head scratcher is that the 28 GHz bandwidth Apple is testing is reserved for earth-to-space transmissions. That leaves me wondering if Apple might be cooking up a way to bypass cellular towers and communicate directly with satellites in orbit like satellite phones.

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