The popularity of 5G smartphones directly depends on the operators.
Gene Munster, an analyst at Loup Ventures, believes that sales of iPhone 12 5G smartphones will disappoint investors next year, but Apple isn’t the point.
In the era of 3G 3G networks, Apple launched the iPhone supporting these networks in 2008. The first Apple iPhone with 4G support (iPhone 5) appeared in 2012. Currently, US carriers are deploying 5G networks in the United States, but Apple will not release a 5G iPhone smartphone until next year.
Gene Münster adds that the delay will not be the reason why smartphone sales will be low. It will take some time to deploy 5G networks, which is why users will not be in a hurry to purchase iPhone smartphones with appropriate support. As a result, next year sales will be lower than expected.
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said earlier that by 2024 only about 50% of Americans will have a 5G-enabled phone. A survey conducted by Piper Jaffray in September showed that 23% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a new 5G-enabled model.
The analyst adds that the popularity of 5G-enabled smartphones directly depends on the operators and how quickly they will build the appropriate network.