Buying An iPhone 12 For Its 5G? You’ll Only Get The Fast mmWave 5G If You’re In The US
Apple announced the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro lineup yesterday after months and months of speculation. Just as we’d expected, all four new iPhones come with 5G connectivity built in. But if you want to take advantage of the fastest mmWave 5G, you’ll need to be in the United States.
You’ll be stuck with the slower sub-6GHz 5G if you’re elsewhere.
While every single iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro sold in the United States will have support for mmWave 5G, that won’t be the case anywhere else in the world. That’s something worth keeping in mind if you’re keen to get the fastest data connection possible.
The difference between the two different technologies all relates to the speed, coverage, and amount of power that needs to be used to make it work. Apple does seem acutely aware of the power requirements of the mmWave 5G connections, too. It has a new feature that will automatically switch between 5G and 4G to try and save power whenever possible, regardless of the country it is sold or used in.
Apple will put the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro up for pre-order this coming Friday, October 16. They’ll be available from the following Friday.
The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on sale November 6, with order shipping the following week.