In this news, we discuss the New Apple ‘iPhone 12’ to offer 5G speeds U.S. networks can’t deliver.
(Reuters) – 5G will finally get its close-up in the United States with the expected debut of the upcoming Apple Inc. iPhone Tuesday. But the blazing speeds promised won’t materialize for most people.
The device, nicknamed the iPhone 12 according to analysts, can leverage 5G, or fifth-generation wireless technology, which theoretically operates up to 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G wireless networks. [nL1N2H0004]
Use the following iPhone or any 5G enabled device on the current network, however, will be “like having a Ferrari … but using it in your local village and you can’t drive up to 200 miles per hour just because the roads can’t. maintain those speeds, ”explained Boris Metodiev, associate director of research firm Strategy Analytics.
Apple, which is set to unveil the new phone at a virtual event on Tuesday, will have to walk a tightrope between pushing consumers to upgrade their phones without over-promising what 5G can do today.
Current US 5G networks primarily use low-band wireless spectrum, or airspace, which is slower than high-band spectrum, but more reliable over long distances. It will likely be years before the promise of a massive increase in speed from phone carriers makes augmented reality and real-time online gaming transparent.
Several US telecommunications operators have deployed networks based on lower spectrum bands, with speeds slightly higher than 4G. A significantly faster variant of ‘mid-band’ 5G is also being rolled out, but it is unlikely to reach three-quarters of Americans before 2025, believes longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster of the company venture capital fund Loup Ventures.
The fastest speeds touted by carriers are a type of 5G called a millimeter wave, or mmWave, which operates over shorter distances. Verizon Communications Inc has the largest mmWave network today, available only in limited areas.
Although Verizon 5G users can connect almost 10 times faster than on Sprint and T-Mobile, actual average speeds were much lower, according to research firm OpenSignal’s mobile signal experience report in June.
On average, AT&T Inc and Verizon customers with 5G phones saw only a small increase over 4G speeds, according to the same study.
In South Korea and China, faster 5G networks are more prevalent. But Apple will be competing with local brands, including Samsung in South Korea, which is already on its second line of 5G phones, and Chinese company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. [HWT.UL], whose sales surged after the telecommunications giant’s ban in the United States.
The other big disappointment is that apps that use higher speeds to deliver something new have yet to be created. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem at this part of the tech cycle, executives said, noting that interest in 4G was fueled by Facebook Mobile apps from Inc and Alphabet Inc.
“The applications that will blow our minds, that will really take advantage of the network, will only be developed when the network and the devices are available,” said Morgan Kurk, CTO of CommScope, a telecommunications equipment maker.
The most motivated US consumers to buy a 5G phone would be those who need a new smartphone right now and are looking to protect their investments.
“If you’re buying a phone that you’re going to have for three years, you’ll want to make sure it supports the latest networks,” said Geoff Blaber, vice president of research at CCS Insight.
Just know what to expect, added Blaber. “There will be relatively little you can do on 5G iPhone you can’t do on a 4G iPhone today.”
Reporting by Kenneth Li in New York and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Edited by Richard Chang
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