Apple is testing next-gen 5G wireless tech for the iPhone

No matter how many iPhones Apple sells in a given quarter, it never seems to be enough for some analysts and tech pundits. Even in instances where iPhone sales exceed expectations, the narrative that we've reached peak iPhone inevitably begins to take hold. The prospect for accelerated iPhone growth, however, is higher now than it's been in quite some time. Not only is the iPhone 8 release looming on the horizon, but people seem to be forgetting that we're about to jump head-first into a hyper-fast world of 5G connectivity, and Apple is already keen on getting in on the action.

On Tuesday afternoon, Apple applied for an experimental license from the FCC to test next-gen 5G wireless technologies, according to a recent report from Business Insider. Apple's application reads in part:

Apple indicates that it plans to test 5G technologies in two locations in controlled facilities, one in Cupertino and another in Milpitas, California. Apple also relays that it plans to use the 28 and 39 GHz bands via technology provided by Rohde & Schwarz, A.H. Systems, and Analog Devices.

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Apple's application also notes that it "will conduct its experiments for a period not to exceed 12 months." Consequently, it stands to reason that the 2019 iPhone 9 will be the first iPhone Apple bestows with 5G connectivity.

Incidentally, AT&T just a few months ago said that it will begin rolling out its own 5G network to a few lucky cities later this year. Of course, if there's one thing we know about Apple, it will have no problem delaying the release of a 5G iPhone until overall 5G coverage becomes commonplace.