We have been hearing that 5G is making it to smartphones and other devices soon but no one had any confirmation until recently. 2020 is seeing a major shift in infrastructure and device manufacturers are packing 5G out of the box.
The upcoming iPhone scheduled for a 2019 release will also come with 5G according to reports, but how will the new technology affect battery life? Let’s find out.
What is 5G?
5G is a new technology which marks the entry of the fifth generation of network connectivity. It will be making it to the latest iPhones and you can expect things to change when it comes to your iPhone battery life dramatically. According to initial reports from the industry, 5G is going to be a far more power-efficient technology which means you will get far more battery life than you do on existing 4G devices or older networks.
How Is 5G Better for Battery Life?
Like we mentioned earlier, your iPhone battery capacity might remain the same this year as Apple is known for its incremental upgrades. However, there should still be an increase in battery life if you switch to 5G. Do note that to take advantage of the new technology, simply getting yourself the latest iPhone will not be enough. You also need to have access to network services from a provider that offers 5G connectivity.
The first discussion about 5G’s battery life impact was brought up during the Mobile World Congress in 2018. Head of Verizon, Lowell McAdam had revealed that 5G can allow a phone to be on standby for as long as one month. This is primarily because the latency of 5G can be as low as 1ms compared to 4G’s 100ms.
Currently, most 5G infrastructure is city-based and it will take some time until it is usable in all parts of the world. Network providers are already working towards implementing 5G infrastructure throughout the world and most of the world will be 5G-connected soon after the next iPhone is out.
There should also be no memory effect in battery when using 5G which is an added bonus. Just like how advanced 4G connections allow you to use mobile internet, stay in touch with everyone and download or stream content, 5G will essentially be the same. But it uses a far more efficient technology to communicate with the network, which will put a lot less stress on the upcoming iPhone.
Other than battery life improvements you will be able to achieve connection speeds of up to 20GB per second which is more than 20 times faster than most 4G connections. It remains to be seen if the advertised speeds will actually be a reality or not but we definitely hope that is the case.
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