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Apple is preparing to launch 5G iPhones on the unprepared US market

Apple is set to have 5G as a significant new technology for this year’s batch of iPhones, but the US network is still not ready for 5G for the masses.

Photo: iPhone 12 is reproduced (photo via svetapple.sk)
iPhone 12 reproduced (image via svetapple.sk)

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:

The country’s three largest wireless carriers, Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc., have not yet rolled out 5G in a way that regularly provides higher data rates or broad coverage.

Apple has asked vendors to build as many as 80 million of the new iPhones this year, Bloomberg News has reported. Investors and analysts are concerned about the devices, in part because 5G networks are more developed in China. This year’s crop of new iPhones also marks the first major redesign in three years, which could encourage more upgrades.

Tests by IHS Markits RootMetrics over 125 US sites in the first half of 2020 showed that 5G speeds on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are only slightly faster than 4G LTE. AT&T and T-Mobile, which are buying Sprint, have both claimed that their 5G networks are available “nationwide”, a calculation that means they can reach 200 million people, but coverage is still sporadic and data speeds are not consistently faster.

Verizon has a much faster 5G network that uses ultra broadband or millimeter wave technology, but it’s only live in parts of 36 cities and gets rapid signal degradation due to frequency.

MacDailyNews Take: 5G doesn’t really come until it comes to Apple’s iPhone. Once 5G-compatible iPhones are in the hands of customers, carriers will begin to compete for the world’s most sought-after smartphone users, and 5G will spread much faster in the United States and around the world.

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