5G is showing up more and more in the news, as an increasing number of companies jump on the bandwagon. AT&T made a splash earlier this year with their embarrassing "5G Evolution" debacle, and the other three major wireless carriers soon followed suit, detailing their own vague plans for 5G. Today we find another company has joined the fray, just not a cellular one — Apple has officially been approved to test 5G networks.
According to DSLReports, Apple's application grants the company permission to test 28 and 39 GHz bands, which were approved by the FCC last year. The approval allows Apple to test the networks in two undisclosed locations close to its offices in Milpitas, California.
According to an excerpt from the application:
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.
Apple isn't the only non-celluar company joining the 5G rush — companies like Starry, Google, Facebook have already made a stake in the upcoming technology. It's unlikely we will see a 5G iPhone in the next year or two, however, along with any serious 5G technology by the aforementioned companies — 5G isn't expected to be fully realized until about 2020.