Apple has been granted permission to start testing millimeter-wave 5G technology near its California headquarters. It is expected that the results will be incorporated into the iPhone 5G.
According to DSL Reports, Apple’s application said: “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum.
“These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”
The application also referred to the 28 and 39 GHz bands, which were approved by the US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for commercial use for 5G services in 2016.
According to the Verge, it “makes sense” that Apple would explore 5G, given its status in the world of mobile data due to the huge presence of the iPhone in the market.
Apple has become the latest in a long line of companies getting involved in the development of 5G, including Google, Ericsson, Nokia and Facebook. How long it takes Apple to create the first iPhone 5G remains to be seen, but the industry expects the technology to go live by 2020.
There is currently no formal standard for 5G, which means that the world may end up seeing something very different to what is currently expected.
It comes as Apple has said it expects to earn between $49 billion (£37 billion) to $52 billion (£39 billion) in revenue in the next quarter, which could imply that an early September launch for the new device is on the cards.
However, there have been a number of rumours surrounding the readiness of Apple’s next smartphone, with doubts cast over whether it will actually be launched on time.