NEW DELHI: Apple
series, like almost all previous iPhones launched so far is the most-awaited
series of the year 2020. Little doubt then that we have a leak, rumour surfacing about the upcoming smartphones almost every few days. A new report that has appeared on Fast Company's website claims that while all 2020 iPhone models will support 5G, only the top-of-the-line model will support the fastest 5G standard.
According to the report, "All the phones in the new iPhone 12 line will support the slower but more common Sub-6 type of 5G service, but only the largest, highest-end phone in the line, a 6.5-inch screen device likely called the iPhone Pro Max, will also support millimeter-wave 5G."
Quoting sources, the report adds that only the largest phone in the line has room inside for the special antenna design required for millimeter wave and larger battery needed to accommodate millimeter wave’s significant power draw. As per speculations, Apple is likely to launch four new iPhones this year. Two high-end iPhones, including iPhone 12 Pro Max and a 6.1-inch iPhone Pro. The pair of lower-priced models expected are 5.4-inch iPhone 12 and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Max.
The report further adds that of these, only the variant of iPhone 12 Max Pro that is launched in the US, Korea, and Japan will support millimeter-wave 5G. Explaining the difference in speed between the various versions, the report said, "If Sub-6 5G is a Camry, millimeter-wave 5G is a Mercedes S-Class. It travels over high-frequency radio spectrum, between 24 GHz and 39 GHz, and delivers download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) and sometimes beyond. On the other hand, the signal has trouble penetrating objects such as buildings and is more expensive for carriers to deploy than a lower-frequency service."
However, the presence of 5G in iPhone 12 may not make much difference to prospective iPhone buyers in India. As it is unlikely that 5G launch in India earlier than late second half of 2012.