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Apple CEO Tim Cook on 5G: 'We're Excited About Our Pipeline'

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During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2020, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about 5G, and how much of a demand driver it might be for Apple.

Cook of course said that he wouldn't comment on future Apple products with respect to 5G, but said 5G is in the "early innings of its deployment on a global basis."


Cook went on to say that Apple "couldn't be prouder" of its current iPhone lineup, and is excited about the upcoming product pipeline. "We wouldn't trade our position with anybody," he said.

In another question, Cook was asked about the demand for 5G and the demand for lower-cost iPhones, and how that might impact Apple's future iPhone product plans, which Cook also declined to comment on. He did say that in general, "it's important to look around the world at 5G deployment schedules." Cook said he will not comment on the price of handsets that are not announced.

Rumors suggest that Apple's 2020 iPhones will include 5G support for the first time, allowing the devices to connect to available mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G networks, which carriers are in the process of rolling out in the United States and around the world. Rumors indicate Apple will use Qualcomm's 5G chips for 5G connectivity.

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JPack

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“It’s important to look around the world at 5G deployment schedules."

In other words, he’s saying there’s a big country where 5G services have already been deployed with over 10 million subscribers. Apple needs to get in there.
 
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Michael Scrip

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I remember having a 3G phone in a 4G world.

It sucked... because 3G sucked. And I couldn't wait to get a 4G phone.

But this time around... I'm not really excited for 5G. I mean... I'll take it if my next phone has it. But I'm not seeking out 5G for my next phone. Today's 4G is pretty good.

I've never said "argh... I wish I had 5G here..."

I'd rather carriers finish rolling out good 4G to ALL areas. I still find pockets of low-connectivity in rural areas.

But if an area doesn't even have good 4G... I don't think carriers will be racing to install 5G there either.
 
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Freida

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I really don't see the appeal of 5G right now and why is everyone obsessed about it. Even 4G is not covered everywhere and people are crazy about 5G. I feel some people need reality check rather than chasing the numbers on a marketing leaflet.
 
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Tech198

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They aren’t going to comment on future products. Get over it.

I think it's call secrecy.

If others knew about the his plans, price-points, others would have an 'edge' over Apple before they release anything..

Think of the headlines on that one. Plus, Apple would be just making guesses over proces even before ther marketing term could give him...

It would be a first for any CEO probably.
 
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JPack

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I really don't see the appeal of 5G right now and why is everyone obsessed about it. Even 4G is not covered everywhere and people are crazy about 5G. I feel some people need reality check rather than chasing the numbers on a marketing leaflet.

Some people live in more advanced countries where 5G was already deployed last year and now widely available.
 
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but no 5G for iPhone 9?

I doubt that but likely CBRS as the 11's have and that means less congestion in metro area networks especially for Verizon who has already started using the unlicensed slice of that.

5G 'may' increase speeds 10-15% on sub 6ghz spectrum and it's going to take years just for metro area mmwave to have solid coverage.
 
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Jim Lahey

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Which company do you think helped build UK’s 4G network?

If that is the case then why all the fuss about this now? Genuine question, as I do not know. Although honestly it doesn’t matter since I have no need for 5G anyway.
 
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Emanuel Rodriguez

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If that is the case then why all the fuss about this now? Genuine question, as I do not know. Although honestly it doesn’t matter since I have no need for 5G anyway.
Huawei is a big player in a number of wireless technologies. The latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax (WiFi 6, as they want you to call it), had numerous Huawei engineers involved in its development.
 
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Huawei is a big player in a number of wireless technologies. The latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax (WiFi 6, as they want you to call it), had numerous Huawei engineers involved in its development.

Yes ok. So why the huge media fuss about the 5G situation here? Again, this is a genuine question. I don’t know the answer. Is there something fundamentally different about this?
 
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