As 5G mmWave networks roll out around the world, more and more iPhones will support them. This is something that we all hope for and now Ming-Chi Kuo confirms by stating that The iPhone 13 will offer support for these networks in more countries. A change that will undoubtedly be welcome to be able to enjoy maximum speed on our iPhone.
5G mmWave in Europe, Australia, Canada and Japan
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the 5G mmWave network infrastructure will evolve significantly during this year in the main European countries, Australia, Canada and Japan. With this development, the analyst expects iPhones intended for these markets to be compatible with these new networks.
Although 5G smartphone shipments increased significantly in 2020, most of them were only compatible with sub-6 GHz. We believe that mmWave will create more diverse applications than sub-6 GHz due to the advantages of higher speed and lower latency. The mmWave model of the iPhone 12 is only compatible with the US market, and the allocation of total iPhone 12 shipments is around 30-35%.
We anticipate that iPhone 13 mmWave models will be available in more countries (e.g. Canada, Japan, Australia, and major European mobile operators), so the allocation of shipments for iPhone 13 models mmWave will increase dramatically to 55-60%.
This is the second time we’ve heard rumors about the expansion of the mmWave iPhone. Recall that last month DigiTimes published similar information, although with less details on the markets in which we would see an expansion.
We will have to wait a few more months before we can officially confirm the list of countries that will receive iPhones compatible with 5G mmWave networks, but what is clear is that it is a technology that will be more and more widespread.