Apple is testing the next level of wireless technology. According to a report by the Business Insider, the company applied for an experimental license for a new wireless technology called the millimeter wave. This was approved and made public by the FCC on Tuesday. This technology is what we know as 5G network. Basically, Apple is working on 5G technology.
Apple has laid the groundwork necessary for testing 5G network in California. The company has set up shop in two facilities: one is close to its 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, and the other is at Milpitas, California. Apple will test millimeter wave 5G wireless technology in both sites.
In their documentation, Apple points out that this testing will not take more than a year. However, we know that 5G network infrastructure is not yet in place. But then, it might be made available before the end of Apple’s testing, so the next iPhone or any other cellular device from the company might support 5G network.
Here’s a quote from the report:
“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”.
It is good to see that Apple is preparing for the future. Meanwhile, the mobile networks have begun to work on 5G technology. T-Mobile has announced its own plans, as has Sprint. Meanwhile, AT&T has been testing 5G for a while now, along with Verizon Wireless.
One of the biggest things to look out for in 5G technology is that devices will be able to access bandwidth more reliably than is currently possible with cellular networks. According to the application, one of the bands Apple intends to test is the 28GHz frequency, which is allocated for earth-to-space transmissions. According to other reports, Apple has formed a hardware team of people with experience with spacecraft and satellite design. So, it looks like Apple means business.