Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is set to unveil its 5G iPhones on Tuesday at a virtual product event. The new flagship handsets aren’t expected to ship until November because of delays related to the coronavirus outbreak. Ahead of that unveiling, 5G penetration of smartphones in the U.S. continues to climb higher, according to recent estimates from Counterpoint Research.



Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing


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Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing

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5G penetration in 2020 expected to reach 20%

5G handsets represented 13.5% of all smartphones sold in the U.S. in August, according to Counterpoint. Penetration has been climbing throughout 2020, although the metric dipped in May. At the beginning of the year, 5G penetration was a mere 3% of U.S. smartphone sales.

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Month

5G Penetration

January

3.3%

February

3.2%

March

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