Apple is not yet able to launch a 5G iPhone, but expects to lead the market for 5G smartphones by 2020, according to a new report released today by analytics firm Strategy Analytics, according to foreign media reports. With the release of the 5G iPhone, Apple is on track to capture a major share of the emerging 5G market by 2020.
Ken Hyers, director of Strategy Analytics, commented: “Apple does not currently have a 5G handset in its portfolio, and it may outstrip the current 5G market leader, Samsung, Huawei, which seems counterintuitive.” But with Apple’s three new 5G models coming out next year, it will be in the lead next year as long as its new iPhone models meet the current upgrade rate. “
“At the moment, Samsung is no doubt the market leader in 5G smartphones,” says Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, deputy director of Strategy Analytics. But with China and the U.S., the two largest 5G markets — led by Huawei and Apple respectively — will lead the 5G market next year. “
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, has said that all iPhones expected to be launched in 2020 will include 5G technology. Mr Guo initially thought only two high-end iPhones to be available in 2020 would support 5G, but later revised his prediction.
While Apple is expected to do well in the 5G smartphone market by 2020, Strategy Analytics ultimately believes it will remain a long-term leader in the 5G market because of Samsung’s dominance in the smartphone market as a whole and the broader price point.
At the same time, Huawei is expected to become a Chinese-led 5G smartphone supplier, despite being subject to a U.S. trade ban.