5G just got real – with iPhone 12

Tech giant Apple has finally unveiled it’s most ambitious iPhone lineup till date. This time, the lineup consists of not just 2 or 3, but 4 iPhones, with two base models – iPhone 12 along with a small iPhone 12 mini and two ‘Pro’ models – iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All iPhone 12 variants support at least sub-6 GHz 5G connectivity. While all these models support mmWave connectivity as well, it will only be exclusive to US versions of the phones, considering lack of usage of the frequency in rest of the world.

Tim Cook making announcement about 5G coming to iPhones

On the spec sheet, all phones have been bumped up with Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip with better cameras paired with LiDAR sensor on Pro models. LiDAR sensor helps achieve higher level of granularity in AR effects. A14 Bionic chip also makes use of Apple’s 5 nm fabrication process. All phones adopt an all-new squared-off design inspired by iPhone 4S. Base lineup comes in two sizes – 5.4 inch for iPhone 12 mini and 6.1 inch for iPhone 12. Whereas pro lineup comes with 6.1 inch for iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

These iPhones can seamlessly switch between 4G and 5G networks based on the usage to conserve battery power. As 5G modems are still new and power-hungry, Apple is trying to avoid overheating issues by switching between 4G and 5G. Apple also demoed 5G download speeds picking up to 4 Gbps in best network conditions and 1 Gbps in typical network conditions. And this is huge!

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple had skipped going with 5G in last year’s iPhone 11 due to lack of ecosystem and infrastructure. However, things are pretty much different this year and with iPhone 12, 5G has just got real. There has been a lot of talk about 5G going mainstream after this announcement and many operators will probably start kicking off their plans for the network infrastructure. 5G iPhones are definitely going to drive the consumer interest in the next-gen high-speed network.

5G frequencies (sub-6 GHz and mmWave) supported by all iPhone 12 variants (Source: Apple website)

Keeping all the excitement aside, 5G is still in its early days and we do not have sufficient network infrastructure at this point of time except in a few countries and a handful of cities. It will still be few days until these iPhones hit the shelves and reviews are out. There is some skepticism from experts about 5G on new iPhones when it comes to signal reception, battery life and overall performance. But things will be more precise once the reviews are out. While there is no word from Apple about Vo5G or VoNR on iPhone 12, it is safe to consider that an iPhone supporting these standards is still a generation or two away. Also, there is no mention from Apple about any special use cases for 5G. Despite of all this, iPhone 12 is about to bring a necessary ‘push’ for the industry to consider investment in the next-gen network.

5G iPhone expected this week at Apple Special Event

Apple is about to unveil new iPhones at a special event this Tuesday. All iPhone models in the new lineup are expected to feature 5G. With 5G networks growing in North America and everywhere across the world, Apple needs to make all of its upcoming products 5G-ready to maintain its premium status. There are more 5G options than ever in the smartphone market of 2020, in premium, mid-range and even budget segments.

Apple’s invitation to the online event

Many of the US telcos are waiting for a 5G iPhone as it will drive the consumer interest hence justifying the heavy investment to be done for the deployment of next-gen network. 5G deployments all over the globe are expected to pick a pace after 5G-capable iPhone arrives in the market.

According to the rumors, the iPhone 12 (?) lineup is going to be the most significant product cycle since iPhone 6 and will comprise of devices with four different sizes, rather than three. Entry-level models are expected to support only sub-6 frequencies of 5G and mmWave frequencies will be exclusive to Pro models. The lineup will also adopt a new look and design, which already makes it the most exciting iPhone launch ever.