Apple recently applied to receive a license to begin testing 5G millimeter wave technology by using the 28 and 39 GHz bands in upcoming devices. Today, the company was officially granted the license by the FCC, as reported by DSLReports.
According to the application, “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum.” Basically, the company wants to begin testing 5G bands and signals in California to ready the technology for future devices, most likely future iPhones in particular. “These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks,” the company continued.
While this news comes in the heat of multiple companies gearing up to introduce their efforts in the 5G spectrum, it’s worth noting we won’t be seeing any concrete developments in bringing 5G to the masses until at least 2020. There isn’t any established 5G standard just yet, a pretty cruddy logo exists at least for now, and 5G isn’t even widespread enough for small, alpha tests of the technology to take place. Therefore, don’t get your hopes up that 5G is coming soon just because Apple is doing something in the field. Just know that it’s on its way and should be here in time for the iPhone 11 or 12.