5G is the next big thing for wireless networks, but it's only worthwhile if phones support it. And while, technically, all four new iPhone models are said to support it, there may be limits.
Future iPhone cameras may be able to transfer high-resolution image data from the CMOS sensor to the main Apple chip at higher speeds, boosting live streaming and augmented reality apps over high-speed 5G cellular data networks (based on the mmWave standard).
Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 models launching later this year are expected to adopt cheaper, less complex battery technology in order to offset a pretty costly upgrade to 5G.
Like the other major wireless networks in the United States, 5G is the next major milestone that needs to be reached, and as quickly as possible. AT&T has now reached the big one: nationwide coverage.
When Apple launches its first 5G-enabled iPhones, which are expected to arrive later this year, it's believed every new model will support both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G bands. But 2021 may offer a different strategy.
Apple's filed a pair of patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office detailing 5G network slicing and more ahead of the company's first 5G iPhone launch later this year.
Piggy-backing on its earlier report alleging that Apple might need to push back the launch of its first 5G-capable iPhone to October, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes this morning said that mass production of the device will start in July.
While there is some speculation regarding when, exactly, Apple is going to launch new iPhones later this year, it sounds like production will kick off relatively soon.
Earlier in 2020, Apple launched a minor refresh for the iPad Pro lineup, introducing a LiDAR Scanner on the back of the pro-grade tablets but keeping most of everything else the same compared to the previous generation.
Apple is expected to release four new iPhones this year and prices will remain largely intact despite all four devices using new technologies such as OLED screens and 5G networking.
Apple is working on 5G-enabled iPhones, we know that much is true. But another rumor has surfaced suggesting we could see a production delay in some models.
While some aspects of Apple's upcoming 5G-enabled iPhone 12 lineup seem all-but-confirmed at this point, whatever the company's plans are for 5G still remain up in the air a bit.