By Joel Balsam,
Trending News: Sorry iPhone Users: Samsung Users Will Have 5G Sooner Than You
When Apple launches a new feature like going waterproof or having a button-less screen, it’s hailed with fanfare. Meanwhile, Samsung users are rolling their eyes. Far more often than not, Samsung already released the technology – and it looks like 5G will be no different.
Samsung will reportedly release a 5G phone next year, while Apple isn’t expected to add the internet technology to its line of iPhones until at least 2020.
What is 5G?
It’s the fifth generation of cellular internet technology and it’s received a lot of hype — change the world sort of hype. Think about how fast your phone internet currently is, and now imagine 10 to 100 times faster. That means you could download a season of your favorite show in seconds. 5G is also expected to reign in the tech necessary for driverless vehicles and the “internet of things” where everything around you is smart and connected.
Samsung is Ready
As it did with foldable phones, Samsung bragged about its future at a conference, this time, at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit in Maui. Samsung and Verizon are planning to release a 5G capable phone early next year. OnePlus and Motorola have also promised 5G phones by 2019.
Apple Lags Behind
Meanwhile, Apple is treating the new technology like a shy couple waiting a few dates before hooking up — they’re taking it slow. Apple wants to make sure the technology reliable enough before releasing it to the world and it’s going to let the other tech companies be the guinea pig. Makes sense.
What About the Digital Divide?
As someone who travels the world, and has driven across America, this 5G thing makes me lol. It’s like Road Runner’s feet are moving faster than his head. How could we even be talking about 5G, when there is a crisis in connectivity in the world, even in America? I’m all for faster internet speeds, but can we please do something about the digital divide first? It’s far more urgent to connect the world than to download a season of Stranger Things at the snap of your fingers.