Remember 3G? The original iPhone came with AT&T’s much slower Edge connectivity and not the highly acclaimed, much faster, and much less available 3G. Apple sat on the sidelines for a year because 3G wasn’t all that yet. Service was spotty, available chipsets were battery power hogs, and early adopters may have had bragging rights but little else because the overall 3G experience was not up to Apple standards.
Then, along came 4G LTE with most of the same issues regarding availability, services, battery hogging, et al. Apple sat on the sidelines for a year and when 4G LTE became a stable technology with benefits to a larger number of users, the iPhone had what customers wanted and needed.
A good experience. Guess what? 5G is coming next year.
History will repeat itself. Word on the streets is that Apple will not have 5G in 2019’s iPhone models. Word on the streets says 5G will revolutionize the entire planet.
Despite the paid shills who insist 5G is the internet we’ve been waiting for, it won’t happen next year or the year after. 5G will have a longer, slower, and spottier integration into telecommunications than Edge, 3G, or 4G LTE. Some technologists write such drivel that is so misleading that they refuse to put up a byline and use a real name.
How 5G Could Change Your Life In 2019
Could? No. For a growing list of reasons, 5G will not change your life next year.
5G won’t just bring faster phones. It will shape every type of tech it touches
Whoever wrote that misguided hype didn’t want their name to be published and for good reason. The future always comes and it seldom arrives the way we think it will or it should.
You may be thinking that 5G is just a little faster, a little more reliable, and a little newer, it’s actually more than that. It’s a massive breakthrough that’s going to change the way devices connect to the internet, and more importantly, to each other… it’s going to change everything that uses a wireless connection
Not next year. Probably not the year after. In fact, it will be years before 5G adoption hits 4G LTE levels because the technology is so different. How fast is 5G?
Like, really fast — 20 gigabits per second over wireless fast. That’s 100-to-250-times faster than 4G. By comparison, 4G provides average speeds of about 10-to-20 megabits a second. So, it’s like going from streaming one Netflix movie in HD, to streaming 400 films in 8k at the same time.
Uh huh. Except the internet itself does not work at such speeds. Not from your cable TV or telecom internet service provider, and not from your cellphone service provider, and not from servers that make the internet what it is.
Nothing is that fast. And even if 5G were deployed worldwide on January 1st, we still wouldn’t have such download speeds.
But what’s more impressive is 5G’s low-latency rate, or the amount of delay between the sending and receiving of information. Now, 4G tends to average about 100-200 milliseconds. To be fair, 100 milliseconds is fast; human reaction time is about 200-300 milliseconds. But 5G will get it down to 1 millisecond or less, which is almost real-time.
Uh huh. Theoretically, yes. But the internet itself is not that fast, so whatever you connect a 5G smartphone to will not be that fast; it will take years for the rest of the interwebs to catch up to the 5G theoretical capability which won’t be there in the beginning anyway.
OK, so why is 5G going to be so much faster than 4G LTE?
5G uses a mix of frequencies, with most of the attention on millimeter waves compared to the 15-40 centimeter-long waves used by 4G. And shorter waves and higher frequencies have one big drawback: They don’t go very far. Whereas on 4G networks, you can go ten kilometers and barely lose signal. 5G maxes out at about 300 meters, and it can’t even go through walls or rain.
5G cellphone providers will need more antennas. Many, many, many more antennas. The 5G noise and hype has already started but don’t worry. The 5G that is promised is not the 5G that will be delivered in 2019 or 2020, and won’t be as widespread as 4G LTE is now for a few more years.
And, when it finally gets here, 5G will be fast, but not as fast as the masters of hype want you to believe because the whole internet itself isn’t as fast as 4G LTE, let alone the theoretical hype of 5G.