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Apple is expected to substantially increase shipments of mmWave enabled iPhone models in 2021 thanks to the increased demand and improved global support for the newer technology, according to DigiTimes.

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Apple currently only offers mmWave-enabled iPhone 12 models in the United States and is likely to hold off on offering the option to more countries until the technology is more widely available. According to DigiTimes, that wider availability will take place this year, and as a result, Apple is set to increase shipments of mmWave iPhones.
Apple is expected to boost its 5G mmWave smartphone shipment goal for 2021 as the global economy is on track for stable recovery, and its demand for AiP modules supporting mmWave iPhones will grow remarkably this year, the sources said.

In 2020, Apple lowered its 5G mmWave iPhone shipment projections as construction of the corresponding infrastructure in the US and Europe was severely dragged down by the pandemic.
The iPhone 12 was the first iPhone to feature 5G connectivity. 5G connection includes two types of networks, mmWave, which is considered to be the next widely adopted standard that offers super-fast speeds, and a 6GHz connection that is currently the conventional option worldwide. mmWave networks work through higher frequency radio bands that can range from 24Ghz to as high as 40Ghz.

Due to their increased frequency, mmWave is extremely limited in range and requires more advanced and expensive infrastructure compared to 6GHz. Cities and countries around the world are still very much in the early stages of adopting mmWave technology. Even in cities where mmWave technology is present, real-world 5G speeds can differ greatly depending on your proximity to the mmWave tower and the device you're using.

When we tested Verizon's mmWave network with a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone in Chicago in mid-2019, we reached speeds as high as almost 2GBs. Still, we found that speeds vary drastically depending on your location and other factors. You can checkout our full mmWave vs. sub-6GHz guide for more information and insight.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Planning Substantial Increase of Shipments for 5G mmWave iPhone Models in 2021
 
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jasonefmonk

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In Canada we don’t have mmW deployments and our iPhones do not have the radio transparency window opposite the SIM card slot.

I wonder how many other countries are also ignoring that technology and getting similar iPhones. I wonder if any anyone has bargained for a better price on the iPhones that are missing the radio!
 
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Populus

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I don’t need... and I don’t want mmWave 5G. Honestly, isn’t there a way to completely disable that antenna? It’s responsible for phone overheating and overconsumption, and I just don’t feel comfortable with that technology, which is expensive and completely useless. I’d be happy with regular 5G, but if I disable 5G I cannot enjoy sub-6GHz bands (which, IMO, are the interesting ones).

Please Apple make mmwave optional.
 

h3ysw5nkan

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mmWave... providing super-fast internet to street corners and sidewalks!

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Seriously, if we need more 5G towers than wifi routers, why don't we just litter the city with wifi access points? In Shanghai, they have "i-Shanghai", which is a wifi SSID you can connect to for free everywhere in the city. That's better than 5G for mobile phones.
 

MacStreamer

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In my area AT&T 5G is far more reliable and much faster than Verizon. The best I’ve gotten is 280 down. I briefly tried Verizon and was not impressed at all. I was even in a UW area with 2-3 bars and only managed 50 down.
 

GeoStructural

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Honestly, isn’t there a way to completely disable that antenna? It’s responsible for phone overheating and overconsumption, and I just don’t feel comfortable with that technology, which is expensive and completely useless.

Please Apple make mmwave optional.

I have a similar problem, my phone keeps switching between antennas and that is not “seamless” as Apple describes it, I just lose reception for a while. I have tried putting it back to LTE and it has solved the issue, but then I have to go to settings every time I would like to use 5G. Annoying.
 

ksec

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In Canada we don’t have mmW deployments and our iPhones do not have the radio transparency window opposite the SIM card slot.

I wonder how many other countries are also ignoring that technology and getting similar iPhones. I wonder if any anyone has bargained for a better price on the iPhones that are missing the radio!

They are not really ignoring, so to speak. Is just that most of them had trials and there is nothing that shows a decent cost / benefits ratio. So as far as I am aware most of the major carriers around the world dont plan to have them implemented. The keyword here is "plan". i.e If you have a plan *now*, it would still take 3-4 years for national roll out. If they dont even have a plan, well god knows if it will ever be out.

It is the same thing with small cells ( or now called nano cells or whatever the marketing decide to call it ). It is great in theory but in reality the business model doesn't really work.

That was the last update in 2019 when I looked at multiple carrier 5G deployment for something up to 2023. I dont know if there are changes in plan but I seriously doubt it.

Although Apple's support of mmWave doesn't just have to be 5G. It could be for other usage as well such as 802.11ay. Allowing 10Gbps *real world* transfer between line of sight. You could have iPhone transferring to another iPhone upgrade happening in minutes or seconds.
 

Cosmosent

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I can see that.

Most know 5G infrastructure wasn't Ready for Prime Time when the iPhone 12 family was released, & that it needed another year.

I expect the 12s/13 iPhones to sell extremely well !
 

subi257

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I would be happy to have LTE rolled out everywhere here in Germany. I still see the E sign way too often and it’s infuriating
I seems that the carriers are delinquent in rolling out technology infrastructure that there is a newer one even before that they have previous one out. I wonder if it's on purpose, that way they save CAPX money? i mean they are not living in a bubble, they have to see the new tech coming down the road and should be designing for it in advance. There must be a way to future proof too a point.
 

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Apple is expected to substantially increase shipments of mmWave enabled iPhone models in 2021 thanks to the increased demand and improved global support for the newer technology, according to DigiTimes.

Screen-Shot-4.jpg

Apple currently only offers mmWave-enabled iPhone 12 models in the United States and is likely to hold off on offering the option to more countries until the technology is more widely available. According to DigiTimes, that wider availability will take place this year, and as a result, Apple is set to increase shipments of mmWave iPhones.
The iPhone 12 was the first iPhone to feature 5G connectivity. 5G connection includes two types of networks, mmWave, which is considered to be the next widely adopted standard that offers super-fast speeds, and a 6GHz connection that is currently the conventional option worldwide. mmWave networks work through higher frequency radio bands that can range from 24Ghz to as high as 40Ghz.

Due to their increased frequency, mmWave is extremely limited in range and requires more advanced and expensive infrastructure compared to 6GHz. Cities and countries around the world are still very much in the early stages of adopting mmWave technology. Even in cities where mmWave technology is present, real-world 5G speeds can differ greatly depending on your proximity to the mmWave tower and the device you're using.

When we tested Verizon's mmWave network with a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone in Chicago in mid-2019, we reached speeds as high as almost 2GBs. Still, we found that speeds vary drastically depending on your location and other factors. You can checkout our full mmWave vs. sub-6GHz guide for more information and insight.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Planning Substantial Increase of Shipments for 5G mmWave iPhone Models in 2021
I just hope the cellular radio works better in general. Fortunately through my work, I am able to get a new phone every fall. 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, 8, XR, 11, 12. The 12 is the worst I have had as far as cellular reception. There are many places inside that I always had a signal that now have zero bars. I love the form factor, screen and performance (other than cell issues ).
 

DeepIn2U

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In Canada we don’t have mmW deployments and our iPhones do not have the radio transparency window opposite the SIM card slot.

I wonder how many other countries are also ignoring that technology and getting similar iPhones. I wonder if any anyone has bargained for a better price on the iPhones that are missing the radio!

I’m not certain there has been an official auction for licensed spectrum as of yet vs just using existing ‘released’ spectrum for small deployments by Rogers and Bell/Telus combo partnership.

moreover Rogers planned acquisition of Shaw Communications mobile carriers is NOT going to sit well at all with the CRTC and many begun petitions etc to boycott.

our tiny population really isn’t helping to avoid situations like this unfortunately. Just cause Teddy is long gone, doesn’t mean it isn’t still Robbers ;)

Also don’t you really mean “anyone has successfully bargained for a better price”
 

topmounter

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I don’t need... and I don’t want mmWave 5G. Honestly, isn’t there a way to completely disable that antenna? It’s responsible for phone overheating and overconsumption, and I just don’t feel comfortable with that technology, which is expensive and completely useless. I’d be happy with regular 5G, but if I disable 5G I cannot enjoy sub-6GHz bands (which, IMO, are the interesting ones).

Please Apple make mmwave optional.
Yep, the chances of me being anywhere near a mmWave enabled light post and actually sitting on the park bench beaneath it at any time during the useful life of an iPhone 13 is virtually nil. Hopefully the mmWave radio can be disabled in cellular settings.
 
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