That means that everyone else has to make do with the slower Sub-6GHz 5G, something that is apparently set to change when the iPhone 13 lineup arrives later this year. In a note that MacRumors got its hands on, Kuo said:
While 5G smartphone shipments increased significantly in 2020, most of them only supported Sub-6 GHz. We believe that mmWave will create more diverse applications than Sub-6 GHz because of the benefits of faster speed and lower latency. 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%.
This move will mean that more iPhones will be able to take advantage of the faster speeds afforded by the mmWave 5G implementation, including those in Canada, Japan, and countries in Europe. It isn’t thought that this will mean an increase in price, however, which is good news for those looking forward to speedier data transfers.
Apple is likely to announce the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max in or around September this year.