iPhone 9 might support 5G connectivity

- Adrian Ungureanu

We know, we should be focusing on the iPhone 8, the anniversary smartphone, but we can’t ignore Apple’s latest application towards U.S. Federal Communications Commission to start testing 5G connectivity, laying the groundwork for its first capable hardware.

The company is hoping to test in the 28- and 39-gigahertz bands, using technology from Rohde & Schwarz, A.H. Systems, and Analog Devices, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.

One test site will be at Yosemite Drive in Milpitas, Calif., while another will be on Mariani Avenue in Cupertino, next to Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop.

Apple expects to run tests for a period “not to exceed 12 months,” which could imply that the company expects to support the technology in next year’s “iPhone 9.” U.S. carriers are unlikely to have any substantial 5G coverage until 2020 — but trials are getting underway this year, and internationally, South Korea’s Samsung and KT should have 5G ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Other phone makers are already working on support, among them Motorola, which is promising to ship the first compatible phones later in 2017.