A new report from Fast company claims that Apple will add mmWave 5G support to only the top-of-the-line iPhone 12 Pro Max model, with all other iPhone 12 models having sub-6GHz connectivity.
The source says that only the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max has the necessary internal space for the mmWave antenna, as well as the larger battery that will be needed to negate the power outlet from it.
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In the US, Verizon is the only operator pushing hard to deploy mmWave 5G while T-Mobile distributes 5G at the sub-6GHz frequency. The latter will lead to an increase in mobile data speeds of around 20 percent, while the magic gigabit download speeds on mobile promised by 5G are only possible at millimeter wave frequencies. The problem with mmWave, however, is that it cannot penetrate walls or other objects that greatly reduce its usefulness.
The source also states that Apple could launch a 4G-only variant of the iPhone 12 in the spring of next year as an update to the iPhone SE from earlier this year. The same publication had claimed earlier today that Apple will use the LiDAR scanner on both iPhone 12 Pro models.
Given the problems with the mmWave 5G network right now and the extra load they put on the battery, I doubt most iPhone 12 owners will complain that the device does not support millimeter wave 5G. Yes, experiencing gigabit + download speeds on mobile will be a fantastic experience, but the whole ecosystem must also evolve to take advantage of such fast download speeds.[Via Fast Company]