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What is 5G?
5G is a fifth generation mobile network; It is the most reliable network with high capacity to date, providing more privacy and security, the best top speeds and the ability to seamlessly connect multiple devices seamlessly. A key feature of 5G is its ultra low latency, which provides near-real-time communication between not only mobile devices, but also other smart devices such as smart home components, factory tools and self-driving cars.
What does 5G mean for iPhone?
iPhone owners living in an area where 5G has been rolled out will have “the best 5G experience on the market,” according to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Greg Joswiak. IPhone 12 Pro users in particular will enjoy 5G features, as the Pro models of the new iPhones have more 5G bands than any other smartphone on the market to date. All iPhone 12 models will offer faster connection times, as fast as double 4G upload and download speeds, less latency and more in-game response, higher quality video streaming and even HD FaceTime calls.
During the Apple October 13 event, we were offered the example of an iPhone user watching a live football game from seven different camera angles without a team. This type of speed will be an absolute gift in the time of COVID-19, offering companies, schools, players and even bands and choirs a way to interact in near real time in a way that slower networks have not been able to facilitate. Once again, iPhone 12 Pro models, which support the 5G millimeter wave with higher frequency, will reap the greatest benefits of 5G networking features. These iPhones will reach speeds as high as 4 Gbps, even, Apple promises, in densely populated areas with high network usage.
Who has access to 5G?
Urban customers are at their best when it comes to 5G, at least for now, especially Verizon customers. Verizon was the first to debut a global 5G network, and the carrier is not slowing down. During the Apple event, Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon, announced the expansion of their 5G Ultra Wideband network to more than 60 US cities by the end of 2020. This is in addition to the 5G Nationwide Network that was turned on today, which reaches more than 200 million people across more than 1,800 cities across the country. Companies such as T-Mobile currently offer only 5G to metro customers, while AT & T’s 5G coverage extends to several suburban and rural areas in California, Florida, Texas and Boston to the DC area. US Cellular’s 5G network is extremely small and covers only parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.
In other words, if you live in a large or medium-sized city, you will probably find 5G coverage from at least one network before the end of 2020. If you live in a more sparsely populated area, 5G is not completely off the table. , but can not happen until next year, or even later. After all, there are many places within thirty minutes of my home in Fairfield, Iowa, where I have zero bars, and am completely dependent on Wi-Fi to get some of my internet needs. As my sister said when she moved back to the United States from South Korea, “it’s like the Stone Age over here.”
How will 5G affect the battery life of the iPhone?
Apple slipped over the impact of 5G on battery life during the announcement today, but something was mentioned about the problem. Apparently, the iPhone 12 line will be able to switch from 5G to LTE when the phone goes out of the network. 5G to the LTE switch is an absolute necessity, because, according to CNET, 5G is a great big battery pig. Their tests showed significant battery operation after four hours of using 5G. The Galaxy S10 5G, for example, lost 50% battery power in four hours of using 5G. This battery drive should be enhanced by the more powerful chips at work in the iPhone 12 line. But by how much?
5G Takeaway for iPhone 12 Line
While 5G iPhones are a step forward for Apple, iPhone 12 owners may not be able to reap the full benefits of iPhones, especially when traveling (although less likely or frequent these days). In addition, even when 5G is working properly, it can represent significant battery power. External battery packs may become more popular until Apple can make batteries that can last!