The new 5G landscape is finally starting to come together with rollouts in many countries across the world. It will be a long time before it reaches full penetration, but the latest technology is set to change a lot of industries. Of course, mobile phones are an obvious one, and for the first time the next generation of iPhone, the iPhone 12 will arrive on the shelves 5G ready.
What is 5G?
5G is a mobile wireless technology which enables you to connect to the Internet wherever you go. Currently, most locations operate on 4G which at the time was the distinct improvement on the previous incarnation of 3G. However, 5G comes at a time when many advances have been made and now offers incredibly fast speeds with a much greater capacity. You may remember times when you simply could not send a message or make a call, New Year’s Eve is a good example. 5G has the ability for thousands of more devices to use the same network at the same time, doing away with these issues. It also has a significant reduction of latency; this is the time it takes for a user requesting something on their mobile phone and that action being completed. Loading web pages, making phone calls, anything that has delay can be harmful in many cases. 5G has no hesitation and a significant reduction in latency.
The technology will impact on many different industries in lots of positive ways from advancements in autonomous vehicles to better reporting at sports venues. Mobile phones play a significant part in many other sectors and will therefore also benefit from this new, improved wireless technology that enables instant Internet access wherever you are.
What Does it Mean for Mobiles?
For mobile phones to access the 5G network, they must have a 5G capable modem. A handset that has not been designed explicitly with 5G in mind is not going to be able to access the technology. Mobile phone companies started introducing 5G handsets a few years ago, but Apple did not bring the technology to their iPhone until now. While rivals have accused them of dragging their heels, it made incredible amounts of sense. Until now the availability has been low, meaning that many users purchasing 5G devices would never actually test the network. Although 5G handsets are backwards compatible meaning that if 5G is not available, they will, of course, pick up 4G, the new technology adds to the overall cost of the device, therefore, Apple saw little point in including it with their iPhones until now.
Many companies have only released one or two handsets with 5G technology, or they have launched a handset that comes either as 4G or at an extra cost 5G. Apple has always taken a clear stance to its iPhone collection, and each year three or four handsets are released that all feature the same generation stamp. So, this will be the iPhone 12 collection, and all four handsets will come 5G enabled as standard. There will not be 4G versions on offer.
Apple always releases new handsets in the autumn each year, and though slightly delayed by the pandemic, in October 2020 it was confirmed that there would be four new iPhone 12 handsets joining their stables as their new flagship range. They will hit the shelves 5G ready, which means they all have a 5G compatible modem as standard build technology.
The most expensive and therefore highest spec handset in the range is the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This will have the biggest screen and feature the best and latest technology from the company. This will replace the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which only had a 4G modem and not only will there be a change there, but other features will be upgraded to ensure this handset offers superior performance.
Next in the range is the iPhone 12 Pro, which will have a similar spec to its bigger brother but as always has a slightly smaller screen. Next, you have the iPhone 12, and this year there is a new addition of the iPhone 12 Mini which as you can imagine is an even smaller size handset. iPhone 12 and the iPhone Mini will have slightly less superior technology and features when compared with the iPhone 12 Pros. iPhone users will now be relieved that they can access the 5G network, but as we have already mentioned, it is still to roll out in many areas. So, while Apple may be slightly late to the party, they have certainly not done any damage to their reputation and popularity by taking their time to bring 5G handsets to the market. If you are an Apple iPhone user, you will now be able to purchase a 5G enabled handset whenever you like. Of course, moving forward every handset will come 5G enabled.