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AT&T Communications CEO Says 5G iPhones Unlikely to Be ‘Massive Event’ Due to Economic Uncertainty

AT&T Communications CEO Says 5G iPhones Unlikely to Be ‘Massive Event’ Due to Economic Uncertainty

AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh expressed his opinion on Apple’s upcoming 5G iPhone launch, saying it might not be a “massive event” due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. McElfresh’s remarks came during a paywalled interview published by¬†CNBC.

“I do believe that you will see many of the iPhone subscribers move to upgrade to the device,” said McElfresh. “But I wouldn’t forecast that it’s going to be a massive event. I also don’t think it’s going to be a nonevent. I think customers, based on the pressures of the economy that we’re all facing today, will make a calculated decision as to what they want to do. And we’re going to be there to offer them any device that Apple launches here shortly.”

McElfresh also noted that AT&T engineers are already working next-generation 6G networking, but said it will take years before that technology is ready for prime time. He didn’t share any other details about AT&T’s 6G efforts.

Apple is widely expected to unveil four new iPhones later this year, including one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model.