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While it was rumored by multiple sources that iPhone 13 models would support mmWave 5G in additional countries, it turns out that mmWave remains limited to iPhone 13 models sold in the U.S., as was the case with iPhone 12 models.


Apple's cellular compatibility page confirms that only U.S. models of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave 5G bands. In addition, on Apple's product pages for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, the devices are only shown with a mmWave antenna window on the company's U.S. website, with no mmWave antenna window shown in any other countries.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that iPhone 13 models supporting mmWave 5G would be available in additional markets, such as Canada, Japan, Australia, and select European countries. Taiwanese research firm TrendForce had also expected iPhones with mmWave 5G to be available in more countries, citing its own investigations.

mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, better serving suburban and rural areas. All four iPhone 13 models support sub-6GHz outside of the United States, and sub-6GHz networks are more common in countries that have rolled out 5G.

iPhone 13 models do support additional 5G bands overall, according to Apple, resulting in the devices having greater 5G coverage around the world.

All four iPhone 13 models will be available to pre-order starting this Friday, September 17 at 5 a.m. Pacific Time in over 30 countries and regions, and all of the devices will launch one week later on Friday, September 24.

Article Link: mmWave 5G on iPhone 13 Remains Limited to U.S. Models
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Sep 16, 2017
and THIS sort of thing is why I don't like Pro or top of the range. It is already a lot to spend on non-Pro. So much left out this year! Technology purchases....

It's a reminder that it's still early days for 5G.

I was committed to keeping my iPhone 12 mini for 5 years, until the news of the discontinuing of the mini, now it will be the 13 mini for 5 years starting next year.


macrumors 65816
May 3, 2016
I still have never seen mmWave here in Houston. I’ve even stood outside where they say there’s coverage out in the open….nothing.
On what carrier? Maybe your plan doesn’t allow mmWave/UWB? AT&T and Verizon both have mmWave in Houston, IIRC.
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May 28, 2008
On what carrier? Maybe your plan doesn’t allow mmWave/UWB? AT&T and Verizon both have mmWave in Houston, IIRC.
I have the plan on Verizon. I had a business legacy unlimited plan through my company that was never throttled, but to get all of their 5G, I had to change plans.
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Nov 19, 2019
I have to say, I am really disappointed about this. I was hoping for more mmWave bands around the world. Also, no Wifi 6E? I am really not seeing much of a change over last year's iPhone 12. Nevertheless, I am still getting the 13 Pro since I will be upgrading from the Xs.
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