A recent report by the Fast Company shares that not all countries will get the iPhone 12 version with the fastest 5G bands.
Apple is set to unveil four new iPhones this September. In the base model lineup will be a 5.4-inch phone and a 6.1-inch phone, which will be the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Max. The higher-end models will come in at 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch. These two phones could be called the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
All these handsets are expected to be 5G capable. Apple is already more than a full year delayed in this game. Nonetheless, the company always plays safe to the mantra of ‘better late than never’. After all, they only release perfected products in the market.
iPhone 12 with fastest 5G limited to three countries
A report by Fast Company revealed that not all countries with Apple stores would get the fastest and greatest iPhone to date. It shares that only Korea, Japan, and the U.S. will get the iPhone 12 that has the fastest 5G bands. All the rest will have to settle with a second-rate 5G hardware.
Fast Company revealed that the majority of Apple’s market would only get support for sub-6GHz 5G connectivity. The faster version of this band is the mmWave 5G. As mentioned earlier, the faster bands will only be available in the three countries enumerated. In addition, it will only be available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max model.
Sources reveal that only that model can physically fit the hardware of the mmWave 5G. The report says,
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.
Why only these three countries?
It is most likely that only the U.S., Japan, and Korea have a fully rolled out mmWave 5G network. Other countries have different deployment schedules for this. Therefore, Apple could have seen it only worthwhile to push for this feature only in these three countries.
The majority of the countries around the world only focused on the 6GHz 5G connectivity for their initial rollout. It might still take a while before they can completely support faster connections. Nevertheless, 5G is still overall faster than 4G and LTE. As such, customers don’t have much to complain about. They will just have to wait a little while longer to get faster bands.
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