Apple iPhone 5G is coming! In 2020…

Ultra-fast 5G wireless is going to change the world… eventually. It won’t just disrupt the mobile ISP business, but home internet as well. Throughout 2019, I fully expect consumers to be bombarded with 5G marketing that will sell it as the next big thing. And yes, the new standard will be pretty great, but it is not yet necessary. You see, the 5G infrastructure is not yet ubiquitous, and it won’t be for a long while. So while there will probably be Android phones with high-speed 5G modems in 2019, owners largely won’t have any way to take advantage of it.

According to a new report from Fast Company, Apple will be sitting out the 2019 5G shenanigans, instead waiting for at least 2020 to launch the iPhone 5G. You know what? That is very wise. The fruit-logo company is seemingly opting to wait until 5G is worthwhile and not merely a marketing tool.

I am sure you are wondering, what would the harm be of including a 5G modem in an iPhone in 2019? In other words, is there a downside to having such a modem in the phone even if consumers can’t really use it? Well, yes. For one, it adds cost to the manufacturing process, and let’s be honest, the last thing we need is for Apple to have another reason to increase iPhone sales prices — the flagship models are already obscenely overpriced.

More importantly, early 5G modems will likely be huge battery drains, cause massive heat increases, and potentially, be buggy as hell. It is smart to sit on the sidelines and monitor the situation on Android before introducing such a thing to iPhone owners. Let LG and Samsung buyers be guinea pigs!

Case in point, according to the Fast Company report, the Intel 5G modems Apple plans to use are simply not yet up to snuff. The modem currently gets way too hot. Hopefully Intel can produce cooler modem hardware by 2020 that meets Apple’s demanding expectations.

Am I excited for 5G? Very much so. As an iPhone user, am I sad that I won’t have an Apple smartphone with such a modem in 2019? Hell no. Quite frankly, even if Apple waits until 2021 to add 5G to iPhone and iPad, its probably wouldn’t matter. Let the Android user have their bragging rights in 2019, because that is all it will really be… bragging rights. I’d much rather OS upgrades.

Author: Brian Fagioli
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2020 Olympics: Ripple (XRP) Could Boom To An All Time High If This Happens petition to make XRP the official cryptocurrency of the 2020 Olympics nearing 7500 signatures.

Ken Takahashi thinks that XRP needs to be the official cryptocurrency of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The 2020 summer games will be held in Tokyo and the city will be flooded with tourists and athletes from all over the world.

To aid his campaign to make XRP the official cryptocurrency of the Tokyo games, he started a petition on to appeal to the International Olympic Committee.

“As tourists stream into the country, demand for the local currency skyrockets, causing long lines at currency exchanges, as seen at past events like Beijing 2008 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. Confusing exchange rates and language barriers further complicate the problem.”

Takahashi started the petition nearly a year ago and the signatures have been adding up faster in recent weeks after Ripple’s flurry of positive news. The signature total currently sits around 5500 as more continue to add their name. Once the petition hits Takahashi’s target of 7500 it will be sent to the International Olympic Committee.

The use of cryptocurrency at an event like the Olympics is seen by Takahashi as a way to speed up processes that could get bogged down by the massive influx of people that Tokyo will be experiencing in August of 2020.

Specifically, Takahashi thinks Ripple is the coin to choose for this job because of its speed and efficiency. Takahashi also puts forward the argument that the use of one official cryptocurrency can eliminate confusion and act as a consolidating force.

The xRapid system is up and running and can aid in assuring the 2020 games run smoothly when having to deal with the exchanges of hundreds of different currencies from around the world.

While this particular petition may not be the jump starter for worldwide crypto adoption, it is an important sign to see people pushing for the implementation of blockchain payment systems for a highly anticipated event like the Olympics.

With millions of people converging on one city an official cryptocurrency can bring stability, efficiency to the exchange of different currencies and expedite millions upon millions of transactions.

Author: Stephen Brown
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