‘iPhone 12 series will not get the fastest 5G connection in Europe’

An iPhone with a super-fast 5G connection will not be for immediate in Europe. According to a report, Apple makes only a limited part of its most expensive model iPhone 12 Pro Max compatible with the faster millimeter-wave version of 5G. That model will not appear on the European market.

In the news: A new report from the Fast Company website says that only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be compatible with the fastest version of 5G. In addition, only the models released in the United States, South Korea and Japan will support fast 5G.

The details: Apple will soon launch its iPhone 12 series. More and more rumors are coming out about this.

  • The iPhone 12 series would consist of four different models. The names have not yet been officially confirmed.
    • iPhone 12: 5.4 inch OLED screen with a dual-lens camera.
    • iPhone 12 Max or Plus: 6.1 inch OLED screen with a dual-lens camera.
    • iPhone 12 Pro: 6.1 inch OLED screen with a triple lens camera.
    • iPhone 12 Pro Max: 6.7 inch OLED screen with a triple lens camera.
  • Only the latter model will receive the fastest version of 5G, mmWave 5G, according to Fast Company.
    • According to the website, this is the only model in which there is enough room for the special antenna design required for millimeter waves. In addition, there must also be room for a larger battery. This is necessary to absorb the large power consumption of millimeter waves.
    • In addition, only the models for the American, South Korean and Japanese markets would get that 5G version.
  • The other three models will also be compatible with 5G, but this will be the slightly slower sub-6GHz 5G.

What’s the difference between mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz 5G?

  • The frequency waves that mmWave 5G uses is the fastest technology available at the moment. The problem with that is that those waves don’t reach very far and are difficult to pass through walls and windows.
  • To solve that problem, in addition to connecting to those short frequency waves, you also need an antenna for short and medium waves. This way you also have range if you are further from a 5G mast.
  • This combination is more expensive, more complex and therefore takes up more space in a smartphone. Hence, it is used much less.
  • Sub-6GHz 5G only uses those short and medium waves. That way you have 5G, but not the extremely fast speeds.

Does it matter much? 5G still sounds like a distant future in Belgium. You may therefore ask yourself whether that decision by Apple makes any difference in practice to Belgian users.

  • It will probably take a while before you have full range with 5G in Belgium. At the moment there is therefore no need for a smartphone that is compatible with it, let alone that you need mmWave 5G.
  • Moreover, with sub-6GHz 5G you still get speeds of up to 100-150 Mbps, a lot faster than what we now achieve with our mobile connection.
  • Nevertheless, Belgian iPhone users may miss mmWave 5G on their device in the future. One of Apple’s selling points is that their iPhones last a long time and get updates. It is difficult to predict what the standard in the field of mobile internet will be then.


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