Forget 5G, Apple is already working on 6G

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro (Image credit: Daniel Bader / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Apple has joined a coalition of companies working on 6G.
  • That's despite the fact it only brought 5G to its iPhone 12 a few weeks ago.
  • The technology is probably years away from consumers.

Not content with 5G in the iPhone 12, Apple has joined a coalition working on the development of 6G technology.

As reported by Mobile World Live:

Apple, Google and LG Electronics became the latest major players to join the Next G Alliance, a coalition of companies working to define and develop the next generation of mobile technology.The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) launched the group last month, with backing from top US and Canadian operators, Ericsson and Nokia, among others. Its main aim is to establish North America as a leader in 6G.

According to the report, the group will meet for the first time next week, on November 16. The group is also made up of major US carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile as well as international operators and vendors like Bell Canada, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Qualcomm, Facebook, Microsoft, and more.

Notably absent are Huawei and ZTE, who are precluded from joining as founding members "if they have been barred from federal contracts by agencies within the US government", according to ATIS CEO Susan Miller.

The report notes that working groups are due to begin in early 2021.

Apple has only just added 5G support to its iPhone lineup with the iPhone 12, and development of the technology globally took some years following the launch of 4G. It is likely the case that the development of 6G in whatever future form it takes will take an equally long period of time.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9