Still on the iPhone 12 series which we’re expecting to be released later on this month or at least the next month, there is a new update that the device will have support for 5G network and that the device will come in four models all which will have the network on board aside the fact that all the models including the base models (iPhone 12 and 12 max) will also sport an OLED display.
But about the 5G network support, the report stated that the device will have the fastest 5G network support our there. In a recent post by Fast Company, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is said to being the only model with support for the mmWave 5G which has the fastest download speed rate and it’s available through Verizon’s 5G network in the U.S.
The rest of the iPhone 12 series will also have support for the sub 6-GHz 5G network which will have a longer range but quite slower speed compared to the aforementioned model’s network support.
According to the Fast Company’s report, it’s only the iPhone 12 Pro Max which has the special antenna required for connecting with the mmWave networks while the device also has a larger battery to make it up tot eh network to save it from draining too fast.
Earlier reports has it that it was both the iPhone 1 Pro and the 12 Pro Max that will both sport the mmWave network while the base models, the iPhone 12 and 12 Max will only have the sub 6-GHz 5G network connection but that isn’t true anylonger based on this new report.
iPhone 12 5G: mmWave vs sub 6-GHz
Speaking of which, the mmWave 5G network has a superior blazing fast network connection with a download speed of about 1Gbps based on earlier 5G testing but the problem is the range which requires the user to stay quite close to the 5G nodes. Another problem is the fact that the mmWave doesn’t reach indoors.
Verizon is the only carrier in the US that supports the mmWave 5G deployment while the othger carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T have both focused on the sub 6-GHz 5G network that offers a much wider range compared to the aforementioned blazing fast mmWave 5G just slower.
One can rank it between the blazing fast speed of the 4G LTE and then the mmWave. Other report from reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the device with the mmWave 5G network support will be ship in just 4 to 6 million units this year which is less than the “market consensus of 10 – 20 million” units.
Ming-Chi Kuo further stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a limit to the number of global 5G millimeter wave base stations which will make sense since not too many people will get to use the 5G with the mmWave network this year or even the next.