Apple hasn’t yet jumped onto the 5G bandwagon but is expected to next year. And according to new data published by Strategy Analytics, Apple’s move to 5G will allow it to become the market leader in terms of 5G smartphones.

Apple is believed to be getting ready to ship as many as three iPhones with 5G support next year with Strategy Analytics director Ken Hyers of the belief that Apple just needs to be able to match current upgrade rates in order to overtake Samsung and Huawei in 5G smartphone shipments.

“It may seem counterintuitive that Apple, which currently has no 5G phones in its portfolio will be able to pass current 5G market leaders Samsung and Huawei,” comments Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics. “But with three new 5G models coming next year, Apple merely needs to match its current upgrade rates for newly introduced iPhone models to take the lead next year.”

Samsung currently holds the crown as the biggest 5G phone company and while Apple is expected to take top spot after next year, Samsung is also expected to take the top spot once more, specifically because it will ship phones at lower price points.

“Despite the strong showing that is expected for Apple in 5G in 2020,” says Ken Hyers, “in the longer term Samsung will regain the 5G crown. As more markets cut over to 5G, Samsung will capture the majority of that share by virtue of its dominance of the overall smartphone market and a broader portfolio of 5G devices across more price-bands.”

Of course, whether 5G is as big a deal as people seem to think it is, is another discussion altogether.

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