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Apple is said to be holding off releasing an iPhone which can connect to 5G until at least 2020, giving its rivals the chance to steal a lead on the tech giant for speedier service.



In the three months to September 30, Apple sold 46.9m iPhones



According to Bloomberg, the next iPhone being released by Apple will not connect to 5G networks, and the company is expected to wait at least a year after the initial deployment of 5G technology. 


Rivals Huawei and Samsung are readying to launch their own 5G phones next year, offering customers data speeds up to 100 times faster than those available through current 4G networks.


Earlier today, Samsung announced it was partnering with Verizon Communications, to launch the 5G-enabled phones in the first half of 2019. 


The technology promises to deliver faster download speeds and wider coverage, and is likely to prove key as demand for mobile streaming grows.


Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 



Apple's decision, to delay rolling out the technology in its iPhones, would not be the first time it has adopted this strategy.


It chose to wait around a year before implementing 3G and 4G technology across its devices, betting that the services would need some ironing out before customers really started to pick them up. 



However, Gartner analyst Mark Hung said while Apple "weren’t impacted in the past, 5G is going to be much easier to market".



"If they wait beyond 2020, then I think they’ll be impacted," he said.


The reports come just over a month after Apple said it would no longer be splitting its sales figures out for its devices, sparking concerns that iPhone sales growth had been slowing.


In the three months to September 30, Apple sold 46.9m iPhones, below analyst expectations and flat on the prior year. 



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