FORBES: Will Apple’s New iPhone 11 Be 5G Enabled? YouGov Finds 91% Get That Answer Wrong

Apple is not actually expected to launch a 5G iPhone until September 2020.

Will Apple's New iPhone 11 Be 5G Enabled?
Will Apple's New iPhone 11 Be 5G Enabled?

So 5G talk is now everywhere and anticipation is growing.

Spurred on by speed tests from early network launches, consumers are turning to thoughts of lightning-fast downloads, zero-latency, and entirely new entertainment offerings to enjoy.

With the arrival of the latest handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, speculation is now rife about the new features consumers can expect from Apple when it launches the iPhone 11 in September—leaked images have suggested a radical rear three-camera array as well as the usual software and processor improvements.

There may even be an increase in battery life. But what about 5G? Will Apple join the likes of Samsung, Huawei and LG with a next-generation device capable of those lightning-fast network speeds?

A new YouGov survey this month, commissioned by U.K. technology website Music Magpie and due to be released on July 19, “found that 91% of people didn’t actually know the new Apple device that’s being revealed in September wasn’t going to be 5G enabled.” Even more notably, 23% of those questioned “think Apple currently offers a 5G phone.” 

Apple is not actually expected to launch a 5G iPhone until September 2020.

Jon Miller, Music Magpie’s MD, said it was “interesting to see that a huge number of consumers aren’t thinking about upgrading to the new iPhone at all, regardless of whether it has 5G or not,” citing a perceived lack of innovation on Apple’s part and adding that “if this turns out to be the case, there will be massive implications for the whole of the mobile device market.

This is also true of the second-hand market where we will see people hold on to their handsets for even longer than anticipated.”

The YouGov survey, which has been reported here first—ahead of its wider release, questioned more than 2,000 relevant U.K. adults and also found that 30% of respondents would be less likely to upgrade to the new iPhone if it was not 5G-enabled. More

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Zak Doffman

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