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Emma Walsh here, managing editor of the Diary. Regular Diary readers understand that tech isn't our typical beat. And when it pertains to tech investing, we leave it to the experts. The good news is, we have numerous such professionals in our Rolodex. Our coworker Jeff Brown will recognize to our long time readers.
In reality, he had a number of triple-digit returns in his Brownstone Research portfolios last year. Here's what Jeff believes the tech sector will bring us in 2021 Each year, I like to have a look at the huge photo and predict what's simply around the corner. Long time readers of my work know that I follow the most interesting tech patterns on the brink of mass adoption.
These patterns are experiencing rapid growth and creating extraordinary chances for investors. 5G Gadgets Our brand-new 5G (fifth-generation) cordless networks are a topic I have actually been covering for years now.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted supply chains in 2015, a remarkable 250 million 5G-enabled devices were still offered. Particularly in the 2nd quarter, there were supply chain disruptions, manufacturing hold-ups, and work blockages. And all of this eventually resulted in Apple postponing the release of the 5G-enabled i, Phone 12 by 2 months.
And that demand is now going to be pressed into 2021. I forecast that more than 500 million 5G devices will be shipped in 2021.
Phase Three of 5G When I've talked about 5G in the past, I have actually described its three different stages. In Phase One, the infrastructure of these brand-new networks is constructed out, consisting of all the new towers and fiber-optic electrical wiring that 5G will require. In Phase 2, 5G gadgets go on sale.
And in Stage Three, 5G services start to be provided. That's when we begin to see applications operating on 5G networks. Believe of things like massive multiplayer video games over a cellphone. That's not possible with 4G. It will be with 5G. And my 2nd 5G forecast for 2021 is that we will start Phase 3 by this summertime.
However they will care if there are exciting applications that can only be accessed with a 5G phone. So more and more customers will head out to buy a 5G phone to gain access to these applications. That causes more 5G apps being established. In fact, 5G is going to open a suite of amazing applications: self-driving cars and trucks, the Internet of Things, robotic surgery, and more.
The investment chances going forward will be massive. CRISPR Genetic Modifying Stepping away from 5G, the next important technology I foresee in 2021 is CRISPR genetic editing. It's one of the most amazing developments in biotechnology.