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Apple’s 5G iPhone Delay Stings as Next-Gen Devices Hit Shelves

  • 5G services and handsets are off to much quicker start than 4G
  • China is about to switch on huge new fifth-generation network
Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone XPhotographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is planning to bring 5G to the iPhone next fall, more than a year behind some rivals. The company can ill afford to let the timing slip.

Apple’s most recent iPhone launch focused on camera improvements, and there was no mention of 5G, the latest, fastest wireless standard. Meanwhile, at least 20 5G smartphones are being rolled out this year by competitors including Samsung Electronics Co., Huawei Technologies Co. and LG Electronics Inc.