Ultra-speedy mmWave 5G could come to more countries with iPhone 13


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The iPhone 13 will introduce ultra-fast 5G mmWave to more countries.
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The iPhone 13 will introduce the ultra-fast 5G mmWave to more countries, TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims. This could include rollouts in places likes Canada, Japan, Europe, and elsewhere.

In a Monday note to clients, seen by Cult of Mac, the reliable Apple tipster notes that:

“The mmWave model of the iPhone 12 only supports the US market, and the shipment allocation of the total iPhone 12 is about 30–35%. We predict that the iPhone 13 mmWave models will be available in more countries (e.g., Canada, Japan, Australia, and major European mobile operators), so the shipment allocation of iPhone 13 mmWave models will increase substantially to 55–60%.”

Currently the 5G iPhone 12 is split into two variants. Those in the U.S. get the mmWave versions that can achieve 5G download speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Meanwhile, the rest of the world gets the slower Sub-6GHz 5G which boasts download speeds of up to 900 Mbps. While that’s still a whole lot better than 4G (think 300 Mbps max) it’s still a lot slower than mmWave. This would mean that, for customers outside the United States, the iPhone 13 will get a sizable connectivity boost over its predecessor.

Incidentally, a separate report from Monday suggests that Apple is “stepping up development” of its own dual-band 5G AiP (antenna in package) module. This will supposedly be featured in Apple’s next-gen iPhones. The upcoming iPad Pro, expected to be launched at Apple’s media event Tuesday, will also reportedly boast mmWave 5G capabilities.

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