As per new research notes shared by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 13 mmWave models will be made available in more countries, like Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe through major European mobile operators. Currently, iPhone 12 supports 5G mmWave only on models that ship in the United States.
Currently, mmWave iPhone 12 models in the United States make up 30-35% of overall iPhone 12 shipments. Kuo suggests that in 2021, mmWave capable iPhone 13 models will make up 55-60% of shipments, a notable year-over-year increase.
Unlike iPhone 12, the new iPhone 13 could support mmWave 5G in many more countries beyond the United States
Kuo states 5G coverage will increase significantly in the second half of 2021, particularly when it comes to mmWave 5G, which is much faster than Sub-6GHz.
“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%,” writes Kuo. “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%.”
The difference between sub-6GHz 5G and mmWave 5G is that the former supports speeds that are faster than 4G/LTE but not by a huge margin. The technology provides better latency and longer age. On the other hand, mmWave 5G provides the supreme next-generation experience with increased speeds and minimum latency, but it covers shorter ranges and requires base stations to be set up in various venues to provide support.
The main reason why the Cupertino tech giant did not include mmWave 5G in all iPhone 12 models in its lineup was that not only do they cost more at the moment, but they are also limited to the United States only, where multiple carriers support mmWave.
It is expected that Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup will be identical to iPhone 12 with 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch, 6.1-inch Pro, and 6.7-inch 13 Pro Max models. Other rumors have suggested that the lineup will feature a faster A15 chip, in-display Touch ID, in-display Touch ID, larger batteries, and 120Hz “ProMotion” displays. It has also been rumored that all iPhone models in the lineup will feature sensor-shift stabilization, including the non-Pro models.
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