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Jason Snell for Tom's Guide
December 8, 2018 8:14 AM PT
This week, a lot of the focus of the tech industry was on Hawaii, of all places. That was where Qualcomm was putting on a three-ring circus (or was it a luau?) in service of the forthcoming rollout of 5G cellular networks, highlighting the company’s strong position as a provider of 5G-capable chips for smartphones, namely the newly announced Snapdragon 855.
Meanwhile, it looks like the iPhone will be sitting out the initial the 5G rollout, with reports suggesting that Apple won’t have a 5G-compatible iPhone until 2020, because Intel can’t supply the modem chips in time and Apple hasn’t spoken to Qualcomm since their band broke up last year.
Catastrophe! How can Apple survive without 5G iPhones until 2020?
Here’s how: The same way the company survived being way behind on 3G and LTE technologies, both of which it embraced long after its competitors did.