Do people with the means to purchase a Bugatti need to travel the road at 200+ MPH? Probably not. When it comes to class leading products, you're also selling the image of technology which is the best that's currently available.Apple charges the most, why should we expect less than the best?
Samsung will have the bragging rights "We can do 1Gb. Apple Can't" Expect TV adverts all over the place saying this about the time of the phone release.It won't matter one bit that the carrier infrastructure nor that the 5G standard is ratified, Apple will lose out. The Phone buying public will see that one phone can do it and the iPhone can't. They'll buy the one that can despite the fact that no one could use it this side of 2020.Sorry apple but those are the fact of life. Personally, I don't care but Data speeds are important to quite a few people.
Apple is feeling the pressure. The army of Android phone manufacturers are upping the hardware specs here and there. Apple releases two models each year. Apple cannot put all the advanced components in two iPhones. This gives Android phones bragging right of beating iPhone, Maybe Apple needs to announce more than two new iPhones each year?
If Apple thinks people are going to shell out $1000 for a new phone that isn't as fast as the Samsung phone that was released months ago then they need a new management team. Maybe a $80 billion dollar loss in market cap in two days of trading will clue them into how serious a problem this is. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that someone at Qualcomm is the source of the Bloomberg article, but regardless, Apple needs to fix this now!