‘iPhone 12 Pro Max’ the only 2020 iPhone to feature mmWave 5G, report claims
Apple will limit mmWave 5G to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, according to a new report from Fast Company, citing sources with knowledge of the plans, claiming mmWave iPhone models will only be sold in the US, South Korea and Japan.
The report suggests Apple’s other iPhone 12 models will use sub-6GHz 5G technology which isn’t as fast as mmWave 5G, but offers wider spread coverage compared to faster connectivity but limited range with mmWave 5G.
The sources cited in the report claim only the largest 2020 iPhone will gain mmWave 5G as it would be the only model that would have space and a battery capacity to support the special antenna design and larger power draw that mmWave would require.
The source says only the largest phone in the line has room inside for the special antenna design required for millimeter wave and larger battery needed to accommodate millimeter wave’s significant power draw. Also, only the U.S., Korea, and Japan versions of the Pro Max will support millimeter-wave 5G.
The report also claims Apple will offer a 4G version of the iPhone 12 in 2021, likely an upgraded iPhone SE.
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This year’s new iPhone lineup is expected to prompt a “supercycle” of upgrades. To recap, Apple is expected to release four new iPhone models this fall: a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 to replace the current iPhone 11, and a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max.