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Apple could release a 5G iPhone as early as 2020

An ultra-fast iPhone could be in your hands by the end of next year.
An ultra-fast iPhone could be in your hands by the end of next year.

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Apple may not have a 5G-ready iPhone in people’s hands this year, but all signs point towards a 2020 debut for the highly anticipated device.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to think so, anyway. Kuo is known for being generally spot-on when it comes to all things Apple, and in a Monday research note cited by CNBC, he said Apple could ship a 5G iPhone next year.

Specifically, Kuo said Apple will likely get 5G parts from both Qualcomm and Samsung in order to mass produce a 5G iPhone by at least September 2020. That’s the time of year when Apple usually announces its newest line of iPhones.

Samsung already has a 5G phone ready to go.

Samsung already has a 5G phone ready to go.

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This might only be possible because Apple settled its long-lasting legal disputes with Qualcomm last week. The iPhone maker will need Qualcomm’s extensive 5G resources to make a phone that’s compatible with the high-speed wireless standard, at least in the short term. 

Once Apple settled with Qualcomm, it seemed likely that a 5G iPhone would come sooner rather than later. Kuo’s note on Monday is only further confirmation of that theory. Prior to the legal settlement, some analysts believed Apple would take much longer to hop on the 5G bandwagon due to the difficulty of developing modems without Qualcomm’s help.

Most cities in the United States don’t have comprehensive 5G support yet, so it probably isn’t the worst thing in the world for Apple to wait until 2020 to release a 5G iPhone. Samsung is releasing its first 5G-compatible phone in the U.S. soon. 

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and other major carriers have begun planting seeds for 5G networks in the U.S. By the end of 2020, it could be much more widespread, making it a perfect time for Apple to capitalize on it.

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Apple plans to bring more iOS features to the Mac

Two new iOS features could soon make their macOS debut.
Two new iOS features could soon make their macOS debut.

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It sure looks like Apple is moving closer and closer to its goal of merging its iOS and macOS ecosystems. 

Apple has plans to bring more iOS features, including Screen Time and Siri Shortcuts, to macOS later in 2019, according a new report from 9to5Mac. The update will likely be shown off at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June as part of macOS 10.15, according to the report.

With the update, Apple’s Screen Time features, which lets you set limits on how long you use certain apps, would be accessible from System Preferences on macOS. The feature is reported to work the same way on the Mac as it does on iOS — when you’ve reached your predetermined time limit, you’ll get a notification and the option to close the app. 

Another new iPhone feature introduced in 2018 at WWDC that Apple plans to bring to macOS: Siri Shortcuts. The result of Apple’s acquisition of the app Workflow, Siri Shortcuts allows more apps to work with Siri by letting you create voice-activated shortcuts for the ones you use most frequently. 

This would be an important update for a few reasons. Siri support would make Mac apps more useful, for one (9to5 also reports Apple is working on improvements to the desktop version of Siri). But it would also help iOS developers bring their apps to macOS. 

9to5’s reporting comes on the heels of another report in Bloomberg, that Apple will soon let developers create apps that work on both iOS and macOS all at once. The effort, reportedly nicknamed “Marzipan,” has been in the works for years, with rumors going back to 2017. Apple previously confirmed that it has plans to bring iOS apps to Mac but hasn’t detailed many specifics.

Now, it sounds like those plans are much farther along. With the recent uptick in rumors about Marzipan and other iOS features coming to the Mac, it certainly seems like it’s all due for an unveiling at WWDC in June.

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Laptops (and tablets) on sale this weekend: Save on MacBook, iPad, Alienware, Lenovo, Amazon Fire

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It's a good weekend to grab a new piece of hardware.
It’s a good weekend to grab a new piece of hardware.

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It’s Passover and the beginning of Easter weekend, and instead of searching for matzo or little plastic eggs, we went hunting for the best deals on laptops and tablets available for the next few days.

Huge discounts from Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, and more just hit the web, so why not treat yourself for the holiday weekend? Right now, you can save $600 on an ASUS ultra thin gaming laptop, pick up an iPad for just $249, score a Samsung Chromebook 3 for as little as $181.99, and much more.

SEE ALSO: 7 of the best laptops that cost less than $300

Check out all the awesome deals we found on laptops and tablets for this weekend below — do yourself a solid and grab one (or more). 

Laptops $499 and below:

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Laptops $500 to $999:

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Laptops $1,000 and up:

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Tablets on sale:

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Next iPhone could feature an ultra-wide lens

A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5mac details the cameras in the next-generation iPhones. The report confirms previous rumors — the successors of the iPhone XS and XS Max will have three camera sensors on the back of the device.

In addition to the main camera and the 2x camera, Apple could add an ultra-wide 12-megapixel lens. Many Android phones already feature an ultra-wide lens, so it makes sense that Apple is giving you more flexibility by adding a third camera.

Kuo thinks Apple will use a special coating on the camera bump to hide the lenses. It’s true that pointing three cameras at someone is starting to look suspicious.

OnLeaks and Digit shared the following render (without any special coating) a few months ago:

The iPhone XR update will feature two cameras instead of one. I bet Apple will add a 2x camera.

On the front of the device, Apple could be planning a big upgrade for the selfie camera. The company could swap the existing camera sensor with 4 layers of glass with a camera sensor that has 5 layers of glass.

Apple could also be giving the camera a resolution bump, jumping from 7 megapixels to 12 megapixels. All three models should get the new selfie camera.

Apple needs Qualcomm to make a 5G iPhone anytime soon, experts say

If Apple wants to hop on the 5G bandwagon in a timely fashion, it might need Qualcomm.
If Apple wants to hop on the 5G bandwagon in a timely fashion, it might need Qualcomm.

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Years of squabbling between two giant tech companies came to an end on Tuesday, as Apple and Qualcomm settled their legal disputes globally. This is likely a good thing for consumers because it means Apple may now be able to get a 5G iPhone out the door in a somewhat timely manner.

According to a report from Bloomberg, working with Qualcomm was probably the only way for Apple to embrace the new wireless high-speed standard in the near future.

Put simply, Qualcomm has resources that Apple and any other company Apple could hire to make 5G modems do not. Apple had intended to work with Intel on making a 5G iPhone until the legal settlement, but even then, Intel seemingly couldn’t compete with Qualcomm’s expertise and resources in the 5G space.

Expect iPhones to join the high-speed future in the next year or two.

Expect iPhones to join the high-speed future in the next year or two.

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“Qualcomm’s probably the only company on the planet that can get a 5G modem in an Apple phone by next year,” Northland Capital Markets analyst Gus Richard told Bloomberg.

Indeed, the plan now is for Apple to release a 5G-capable iPhone in 2020 using Qualcomm technology, according to Bloomberg. But given the nature of Apple’s and Qualcomm’s partnership and the relatively short amount of time to get it done, it’s possible we won’t see a 5G iPhone next year.

Moor Insights & Strategy president Patrick Moorhead said a 2020 release target for the 5G iPhone could be “tight” and he predicted a 2021 release instead.

Though it wouldn’t hurt to get a 5G iPhone into consumers’ hands in 2020, a longer wait might not be the worst thing in the world. The ultra-fast wireless standard isn’t widely available across all carriers in the United States yet. Verizon launched its 5G network in Minneapolis and Chicago last week, while Sprint and T-Mobile have rollouts on the way, too. 

AT&T also launched a 5G network in 12 cities at the end of last year, with support for more markets coming this year. That said, one of the carrier’s 5G services is reportedly not much of an upgrade over regular 4G service. It could be a while before 5G fulfills its true potential with support in most markets and on most devices.

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