FCC approval has been officially granted to Apple for an experimental license to test 5G date technology for their future iPhones. Particularly in the short-extend millimeter wave range in the 28GHz and 39GHz groups, as announced by DSLReports. The FCC divided off those lumps of range last summer for organizations to start testing 5G innovation, so it bodes well that Apple would need to begin exploring 5G, particularly given that it’s a remarkable player in the realm of mobile data because of the sheer weight of the iPhone in the market.
Apple applied for the experimental license earlier this year with the goal of “provid[ing] engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.” In other words, to start preparing for the eventual 5G iPhone that will no doubt exist one day, Reported by the Verge.
The way that Apple is exploring the millimeter wave band for 5G tests is interesting, however, given that current 5G declarations from Sprint and T-Mobile have both shied far from the high-frequency bands that Apple is testing. T-Mobile will be centering its 5G network (to some extent) on the more long-range and lower-frequency 600MHz spectrum, while Sprint will be hoping to launch in the 2.5GHz band.
According to Verge’s Chaim, there still is no formal, agreed-upon 5G standard yet, and it’s possible and even likely that whatever we do end up with will combine both high-frequency millimeter wave bands and more traditional short-range low-frequency transmissions, along with a host of other new technologies that will improve data speed.