5G support will be one of the most important new features in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 series. However, a report from The Telegraph suggests that the new iPhones may face 5G connectivity issues in the UK.
The report quoting “industry insiders” says that the iPhone 12 may not be connected to the 700Hz 5G band. The problem is that UK operators are planning to roll out 5G on the 700MHz band, and if the new iPhones do not support the band, customers will struggle to connect to 5G networks. Such low frequency bands are important for operators as they can easily penetrate walls and other objects and can be used to quickly and easily expand network coverage.
“If it does not support 700 MHz, you will have coverage issues,” said Matthew Howett, chief analyst at Assembly. “The spectrum bands that the iPhone works with are crucial,” he added.
If the iPhone 12 does not end up supporting the 700MHz band, the British operator Three will be the largest recipient of this feature, as it has acquired a large amount of non-700MHz 5G spectrum. This has happened in the past when Apple launched the iPhone 5 in 2021, and it only supported the 4G band used by EE. U.K.’s Ofcom has not yet auctioned the 700MHz band. The auction is planned for the beginning of 2021, where all operators are expected to bid heavily to acquire 700Mhz due to the higher permeability.
Apple is scheduled to announce its iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro series at the ‘Hi, Speed’ event on October 13. Rumor has it that all four iPhone 12 variants will support 5G, but only the more expensive Pro models have mmWave 5G connectivity.[Via The Telegraph]