The iPhone 12 finally gives us reason to be excited about 5G


A wide-angle lens has been added to the iPhone 11 Pro – a feature that other phones already include.

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Sorry to everyone else in the mobile industry trying to make Samsung, Verizon, T-Mobile and 5G one thing – the next generation of wireless technology still needs cheerleaders who can make it mainstream. Luckily, Apple is right around the corner with its excessive Anticipated iPhone 12.

If it had been any other year, 5G would have been a big deal already. after a Mixed debut in 2019, Coverage has improved, number of devices – including last month Galaxy note 20 – has grown and pesky network compatibility issues have been largely resolved. Apple’s next Flagship iPhone, is widely expected to support 5G, 5G will serve as the captor for a year of excitement.

Of course, this is far from a normal year. Coronavirus epidemic Millions of people are housed in their homes, denying the need for high-speed wireless access on the go. Millions of jobs lost and an uncertain economy Means premium-priced 5G devices It is out of reach more than it should be.

Apple and its indomitable ability to whip consumers into a frenzy over the latest technology that competitors have already eclipsed (think wireless charging in the iPhone 8). The company is expected to hold its annual iPhone launch event in the coming weeks. In these critical times, something like an Apple event provides a rare bright spot.

The 5G, meanwhile, could use a shot in the arm and Apple’s ability to generate excitement. Getting more consumers on those new networks means that these carriers have more experience dealing with high demand, helping them to kink out and ultimately provide smooth, fast service. More people using 5G phones to drive the industry also come with follow-up devices that are slimmer, more power efficient and less expensive – just like it did with 4G.

The widespread adoption is also the key to detecting the killer app for 5G, which even after more than a year has still not really been revealed. Keep in mind that services like Uber or Livestreaming didn’t catch on as 4G matured – but with the prior generation, you could at least point to a big boom at 3G speeds. Nationwide 5G speeds are only marginally better.

Ramon Llamas, an IDC analyst, said, “For all the major carriers, saying they have 5G coverage, I have yet to talk to anyone (who can explain why they have 5G, it’s is the new.”

More adoption is needed, but the lack of a killer app is a classic chicken-and-the-egg dilemma where Apple can bring a solution.

Despite the epidemic, many consumers may be looking to upgrade to the new iPhone – some as a way to future-proof themselves for the rise of 5-G. Most understand that 5G may no longer affect them, but it may be more beneficial down the line – even if they don’t yet know what it really is.

Apple has done this before, whether it is talking about wireless charging, mobile payment or wide-angle cameras. Those features – often seen years ago in rival phones – should ring the bell and whistle as soon as they hit the iPhone.

“Apple has to launch a 5G iPhone because customers have been buying phones for the past several years,” said Lopez Research analyst Maribel Lopez. “Most customers today do not want to buy a phone and feel that it is completely outdated in six months.”

Apple does not comment on speculation about possible future products.

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Ask the carrier about the potential impact of the iPhone and they will request ignorance out of fear of Apple’s anger. T-Mobile CEO Mike Severt Offers Closest Things To Tease in an interview After company with CNET’s The Daily Charge Podcast Un-carrier incident in July.

“We’d have a dream ‘wouldn’t it be awful if we remained largely compatible with all the major devices this year, not only with 5G, but with a special approach to our 5G?”

AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh teased the pickup in the middle of this fall.


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“Over the years, we’ve seen fewer people upgrade their phones, but as more major manufacturers release their 5G-enabled devices, we anticipate increased demand during a busy fall and holiday season. , “He said in an e-mail statement. “We are also committed to a range of price points so that more consumers have the opportunity to enjoy faster and reliable connectivity.”

Verizon Wireless CEO Ronan Dunne said there are already 5.4 million 5G handsets deployed in the US and more than half of them are on the Verizon network. “It’s starting to get real,” according to Light Reading, Dune said at the 5G World Virtual Trade Show last week.

Neither of the companies will pronounce the word iPhone, but it is clear that they are gearing up for a huge wave of 5G demand for Apple.

iPhone 12’s X Factor

Be better prepared carrier. As CNET editor Patrick Holland wrote in his column, the marquee feature of Apple’s new iPhone will be out of his hands and under the control of Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, which are widely differentiated when 5G arrives. Have different experiences.

T-Mobile boasts wider coverage of 5G, but uses a low-band frequency of the spectrum that is slightly better than 4G. It also rapidly launched midband spectrum in 81 markets.

AT&T, meanwhile, has a nationwide network of low-band spectrum, as well as so-called millimeter wave pockets, which provide insane speeds that can surpass even the fastest home connections. But the downside is limited range – see it as a Wi-Fi hotspot in select markets.

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5G coverage varies depending on the carrier. Another x factor is whether all iPhones will be able to tap into all different bands.

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Verizon, meanwhile, is hoping to launch its nationwide 5G network later this year and has limited its millimeter wave network to 35 cities. But even in those cities, coverage is located in busy city centers and playgrounds that have been evacuated due to the epidemic.

Apple has some control and the question will be whether or not it gives its iPhone 12 the option to access some of all available 5G networks. Last year’s 5G phones were a bad buy as they were often limited to a carrier’s network or 5G’s particular flavor. While many premium 5G phones launching this year are better and picking up several bands, rumors have it that Apple may be able to save millimeter-wave access to its higher-end devices.

The company will also have control over how it plans to market 5G, whether it’s for faster downloads or a seamless FaceTime experience. Many are watching its livestream, this will be the first time they get to know about wireless technology, which has been filtered through the famous Apple polish.

“The average consumer doesn’t know how 5G is measured, they just know that it’s the next best thing to mobile,” Lopez said.