You might have to shell out a hefty sum if you want the fastest new iPhone. Although the next generation of Apple smartphones will all include 5G technology. Which will allow them to access a wireless network that promises faster internet connection and faster response times than current LTE models – only the larger model will contain the faster 5G antenna.
The reason is, according to Fast Company, only oversized 6.7-inch handsets can accommodate the battery and antenna needed to support millimeter wave 5G.
If you’ve seen videos online showing jaw-dropping data speeds of up to 1500Mbps over 5G networks, that throughput goes through mmWave. This spectrum facilitates incredible speeds but there are downsides. Namely, mmWave signals cannot penetrate objects such as buildings and the range is quite limited. This is partly why it is so expensive to provide robust mmWave coverage. As the number of mmWave small cell base stations required is extremely high.
Smaller iPhone 12 models will have 5G below 6 GHz,. Which is significantly slower than millimeter waves, although still much faster than LTE. In contrast, frequencies below 6 GHz may not offer the same speeds,. But these signals can travel much further to improve overall network coverage. It will be up to carriers to balance these tradeoffs as they continue to deploy next-generation technology.
Apple hasn’t given any indication of pricing for the new phones. But the current iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $ 1,099 for the base configuration.
The company reportedly tried to cut costs by reducing the size of its packaging, which would reduce shipping costs. To do this, Apple threw in the 18W power adapter that normally comes in the packaging.
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Apple will also stop including a free pair of headphones in the iPhone 12’s packaging to increase demand for its already popular AirPods wireless headphones.
Apple has included a free pair of headphones in every box since the very first iPhone was released in 2007.
The Cupertino, Calif Based tech giant has asked vendors to make at least 75 million next-generation iPhones. According to reports, and plans to move up to 80 million this year during the all-important holiday shopping season.
It is also preparing to launch two new Apple Watch models, as well as its very first on-ear headphones marketed under the Apple brand rather than Beats.