Here’s another scoop. 5G won’t matter. Not this year, and probably not next year. Don’t hold your breath. The internet won’t suddenly increase speed by an order of magnitude (times 10).
Will. Not. Happen.
At least, not overnight, not this year, and likely not much next year. Why not? 5G is complicated. By now you’ve surely read an article or 10 on how much 5G internet access will change the world. The hype seems to say 5G will be so fast you can download all the movies ever made in 2-minutes (not).
So, what’s the problem?
Actually, it’s a set of problems. 5G requires far more towers than 4G LTE and that will take time to build out. Years. 5G smartphones will follow the pattern set by 3G and 4G. Battery hogs. It takes a few years to iron out all the kinks in any new wireless standard.
As fast as 5G promises to be– and it can be blisteringly fast in tests– real world performance will be far less. Why? The internet itself is not as fast as 4G LTE and there will not be a miraculous improvement in internet web servers as 5G rolls out across the land.
Don’t hold your breath.
Yes, 5G will be faster. Yes, 5G will spread across the land. Yes, 5G smartphones will get here soon enough. No, the internet itself won’t be 10 times as fast. However long it takes you to download a movie or music or podcast with 4G LTE’s best speed and connection is about as good as it will get for a few years.
Look how slowly most websites load into your browser already. It isn’t just your connection. Web servers from all over the world work in concert to send various files to your device, and that takes time. 5G won’t change that. My internet connection at home boasts speeds of 200-mbps, but it still takes 9to5Mac over 10 seconds to load almost 3MB of files that require over 200 server requests (compare that to the Boomer site which loads up in less than one second with barely 160KB size and a mere nine requests).
5G won’t fix that.
Oh, and when 5G gets here, you’ll pay more money. That’s the nature of modern technology. What you want costs more and doesn’t work exactly as you expect or want.
Don’t hold your breath for 5G. Don’t feel bad if the 2019 iPhone Xi models don’t come with 5G. Take a deep breath and ignore the hype.