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IPhone 13: Apple can offer millimeter 5G support beyond the US

IPhone 13: Apple can offer millimeter 5G support beyond the US

Only the iPhone 12s sold in the United States can pick up millimeter waves (MMwaves) at frequencies of 26 GHz in addition to the 3.5 GHz “core band”. Elsewhere in the world, Apple’s new smartphones have frequencies ranging from 3.4 to 3.6 GHz, similar to those in France. With MM wave frequencies, the performance can range from single to double or even three times compared to 3.5 GHz bands. On Verizon’s 5G Ultrawide Band Network, we reach some hellish speeds:

Measurements made with the iPhone 12 Shared Through the SpeedSmart app.

Unfortunately, to benefit from these crazy speeds that can go up to 4 Gbit / s, you need to be right in the right place and out. Millimeter waves have very poor coverage and penetrate buildings very poorly. Arcep Summary Differences between different frequency bands of 5G:

As we can see, at present operators cannot offer business offers for this high speed 5G. Since last year, the 26.5 / 27.5 GHz band has been offered for free Tests, But no doubt sharing the same frequency bands as the “core band” last September.

Apple does not plan to wait until all countries with 5G millimeters reach speed. The manufacturer will have a large range of MM wave antennas from Kiki, with its subsidiary Wistron being the largest shareholder with 22.6%. Kiki will share the cake with Japanese supplier Murata for the iPhone 13. So the antenna on the edge of the devices of future smartphones will not be found anywhere else in the United States.

In this tear of IFixit, we see where millimeter waves are allowed to communicate with the iPhone 12’s MMwave antenna sold in the US.