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Only Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max supports the fastest mmWave 5G



Only one of the new iPhones that Apple is ready to announce will support faster mmWave 5G wireless service, says a source in the wireless industry Fast company, but some inconsistencies in the report raise questions.

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

Mark Sullivan for Fast Company:

All the phones in the new iPhone 12 line support the slower but more common Sub-6[GHz] type 5G service, but only the largest, tallest phone in the line, a 6.5-inch display device probably called the iPhone Pro Max, will also support the 5G millimeter wave.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s flagship iPhone is expected to be called “iPhone 12 Pro Max” and has a 6.7-inch screen, the largest ever on an iPhone. Apple’s other models have a 5.4-inch screen (iPhone 12) and 6.1-inch screens (iPhone 12 Max and iPhone 12). There is no expectation for Apple to unveil an iPhone with a 6.5-inch screen this year.

The source says that only the largest phone in the line has room inside for the special antenna design required for the millimeter wave and larger battery needed to accommodate the millimeter wave’s significant power consumption. Also, only the US, Korea and Japan versions of the Pro Max support millimeter wave 5G.

[mmWave 5G] runs over high frequency radio spectrum, between 24 GHz and 39 GHz, and delivers download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and sometimes beyond. On the other hand, the signal has problems penetrating objects such as buildings and is more expensive for carriers to distribute than a lower frequency service.

Sub-6 service, which uses lower frequency spectrum below 6 GHz, produces speeds that are much more like a good 4G connection … Sub-6 service, while slower, can support more users per base station, and has longer range, so it is more cost effective.

MacDailyNews Take: mmWave is really only usable in small, concentrated, optimized areas such as sports stadiums. sub-6GHz 5G is what most people will spend most of their time; slightly faster with far more robust capacity than 4G. Apple will market the next generation of iPhone models as 5G, and that’s what most customers who even care about 5G will care about.

We expect the following models, names, specifications and prices:

iPhone 12
• 5.4-inch BOE OLED Super Retina display
• 5G mobile connection
• A14 SoC
• 4 GB memory
• 128 GB, 256 GB storage
• Aluminum casing
Dual rear camera system
• $ 649, $ 749

iPhone 12 Max
• 6.1-inch BOE OLED Super Retina
• 5G mobile connection
• A14 SoC
• 4 GB memory
• 128 GB, 256 GB storage
• Aluminum casing
Dual rear camera system
• $ 749, $ 849

iPhone 12 Pro
• 6.1-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina XDR with ProMotion and 10-bit color depth display
• 5G mobile connection
• A14 SoC
• 6 GB memory
• 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
• Stainless steel housing
• Triple camera system
• LiDAR
• $ 999, $ 1099, $ 1299

iPhone 12 Pro Max
• 6.7-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina XDR with ProMotion and 10-bit color depth display
• 5G mobile connection
• A14 SoC
• 6 GB memory
• 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
• Stainless steel housing
• Triple camera system
• LiDAR
• $ 1099, $ 1199, $ 1399


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