Apple Seeks 5G Interoperability Know-How

Apple is now advertising for an engineer who is familiar with the evolution of 5G to understand how it can be combined with other networks in the future.

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is currently looking for an Inter-Operability Development and Performance Engineer to help its devices work over cellular and WiFi networks while watching the "5G Standardization" process, which has just started and will play out in two phases through 2019.

"The candidate will be part of the Inter-Operability Development and Performance team, working with cross-functional teams on technical investigations/systems prototyping with carriers and infrastructure vendors to ensure best user experience on carrier Cellular/Wifi/ IMS networks," Apple notes.

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This appears to be one of the first times that Apple has referenced 5G in its job requirements, although it has previously asked for engineers who were familiar with future 5G radios. (See Apple Quietly Hiring for 5G?)

Apple hasn't typically been on the cutting-edge of cellular radio with the launch of its devices so far. In fact, rival Samsung Corp. is already a leader in developing 5G radios and devices. Apple does, however, appear to be getting further into 5G now.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

DanJones 8/3/2016 | 2:39:48 PM
Re: Apple has to support everyone's 5G Yep, they don't really have to be first with 5G, but they have a lot of ground to cover.
TV Monitor 8/3/2016 | 2:28:56 PM
Apple has to support everyone's 5G Apple is in an awkward position.

Apple has to support Samsung 5G in US.

Apple has to support Chinese 5G in China and for Softbank/Sprint.

Apple has to support European 5G, assuming European telcos decided to pursue their own 5G standard for EU.

Thank God there is no Japanese 5G this time around, that's one less headache for apple.
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