Apple’s Debut of 5G ‘iPhone12’ Likely to Invite Concerns Over Network Capacity
Cupertino, CA-based tech giant, Apple Inc. or Apple is organizing a grand virtual event tomorrow, October 13, 2020, in which, many experts believe that the company is going to display its debut 5G iPhone named “iPhone12.” Reflecting on the previous pattern, analysts anticipated the name of the new iPhone model, and several reports have emerged over the last few days explaining the price, design, and specifications of the device.
One key concern of the upcoming device is that it offers 5G speed far beyond the existing network capacity provided by the United States (US) telecom operators. As Reuters explained, the expected device was considered to be operating 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G wireless networks. However, most of the US telecom operators are currently using a low-band wireless spectrum, which provides slow speed for the 5G network. Analysts explained that it would take many more years to make the massive speed of phone carriers such as Apple into reality.
Apple’s Launch of “iPhone12”
According to a source, the iPhone 12 lineup would be announced at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event, scheduled to be taking place on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.” The source added that the pre-orders for the product would begin from Friday on October 16 and the first shipment of the phone would happen on October 23.
Many sources suggested that the company planned to introduce four different variants of the model having different sizes and prices. The four variants are iPhone 12 Mini (5.4-inch screen), iPhone 12 (6.1-inch screen), iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch screen), and iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch screen). As analysts predicted, the lowest price variant would be starting from around $699 and the highest variant would be cost about $1,099.
Apple earlier said on Twitter, “Good news travels fast. Join us for a special #AppleEvent on October 13 at 10 a.m. PDT.” Apple usually launches its new iPhone product in September every year, but this year’s phone launch was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Apple earlier announced that the iPhone 12 launch would be delayed by “a few weeks” during the summer this year.
Apple’s 5G Speed Concerns
Apple’s new iPhone would be available only in the US for the initial period, as analysts stated. The main concern of the device launched was that American telecom operators have deployed networks based on lower spectrum bands and the 5G speed of Apple’s new iPhone would be far ahead from the existing network support. An Apple analyst Gene Munster of venture capitalist firm Loup Ventures estimated that it could provide three-quarters of Americans until 2025, reflecting the existing telecom vendors’ capacity.
For now, Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon) has the largest current millimeter Wave or mmWave network, the fastest speeds of a type of 5G technologies, which would be effective over shorter distances of the network providers. According to a research firm OpenSignal’s report, although Verizon could provide almost 10 times faster 5G speed than its rivals including Sprint and T-Mobile, it would be a slight increase from 4G speeds.
In precise words, Associate director of research firm Strategy Analytics Boris Metodiev explained that using the next iPhone or any 5G enabled device on today’s network, however, would be “like having a Ferrari … but using it in your local village and you can’t drive to up to 200 miles per hour, simply because the roads cannot maintain those speeds.”