Apple will release three new models of iPhone in September, including two "Pro" versions with a triple-lens camera design and wide-angle lenses, the latter a first for the model, Bloomberg reports. The company will also reportedly announce an upgraded and speedier iPad Pro, and an entry-level model with a larger display, at its annual event.
Verizon announced a tie-up with Boingo Wireless in hopes of improving millimeter-wave-based 5G reception inside buildings and indoor public spaces such as arenas. The carrier also announced it is introducing 5G service to parts of Phoenix, Verizon's 10th such market, saying it will focus on major landmarks and the campus of Arizona State University in nearby Tempe.
Apple's move into banking with an app-based credit card could drive a wedge into the direct relationship between consumers and carriers, a pair of MoffettNathanson analysts said in a message to clients. The iPhone maker would disrupt the traditional model if card users started making payments to Apple for phones instead of buying them from the carriers with their service plans, they wrote.
The Commerce Department is giving Huawei Technologies an additional 90 days to do business with US telecom vendors to "prevent any disruption" with the Chinese vendor's rural carrier customers, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. The government also put another 46 organizations on a list that US companies can't do business with, a move that Huawei called "politically motivated."
Nokia's parent company, HMD Global, predicted it will make and market a high-end 5G phone next year that will cost much less than the cheapest such handset around today. Current US prices for real 5G phones start at $1,000, so Nokia's models would likely sell for $500-$650.
It will take some time before 5G networks start to circulate inside buildings, wireless executives say, pointing to the lack of a method to distribute signals. They note that the economic model for bringing 5G inside differs from doing so with 4G because of the need for "neutral host" infrastructure to let installed antennas work across all networks.
Bluegrass Cellular has petitioned federal regulators for a two-year extension on its license to perform tests of the Citizens Broadband Radio Services in a pair of Kentucky towns, to take effect after its current permission expires at the beginning of October. The regional carrier told the Federal Communications Commission that, while it has no plans to begin commercial service, it is testing gear using two cell towers.
FirstNet set an $82 million operating budget for its next fiscal year and put aside $145 million for investments in its first responder network and an additional $82 million for reserves. As for allocating those funds, the Authority announced six priorities it will focus on over the next five years.
Qualcomm and LG Electronics agreed on a new five-year licensing deal that clears the way for the South Korean phone maker to produce and sell phones equipped with 3G, 4G and 5G service, one month before LG is scheduled to release its V60 flagship handset. An interim agreement between the companies had expired on June 30.
The advent of 5G technology will help first responders introduce a range of new technologies to deal with emergencies, they say, pointing to augmented reality, artificial intelligence, drones and connected devices. One example is Qwake, a startup that uses AR to help firefighters cope with blinding conditions.
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