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The iPhone XS and XS Max stick to 4G

The iPhone XS and XS Max stick to 4G, but could next year's Apple flagship pack rapid 5G capabilities

Now that we've got over the excitement of the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR arriving, it's time to turn our attention to what Apple might have planned for 2019 – and that might include a phone with 5G.

Unfortunately, right now, the latest reports indicate that apparently due to Apple's on-going feud with Qualcomm, it looks like its 2019 iPhones won't feature 5G. This is because the maker will instead have to source its phones' 5G modems from Intel, and these don't look like they will be available until 2020.

Now, it has to be said that Apple isn't usually a maker that adopts new technology first (even the iPhone X didn't come with LTE-Advanced, for example), so this may well be the strategy it adopts for its 5G devices — launch a year later when the market has settled down somewhat. 

But then again, considering the iPhone is due a major overhaul next year after 2018's iterative reworking, would it be too much of a risk to hold off on 5G until 2020? Every Android maker of note looks set to have a 5G device in 2019, so Apple may have its hand forced to stay competitive. Watch this space!