British Carrier Says 5G iPhone Just 'Days Away' in Internal Video Featuring Apple's Eddy Cue

Apple is on the cusp of launching its first 5G iPhone models, according to Marc Allera, the CEO of British Telecom's consumer brands BT and EE.

"We are just days away from Apple's next major launch, a 5G iPhone, which will be a huge boost for 5G," said Allera, in an internal video presentation shared with the company's employees today. "Teams in all parts of Consumer have been preparing all year to win this launch, and be Europe's number one partner for Apple."

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Apple's services chief Eddy Cue made a brief appearance during the video, praising EE for becoming the first carrier to offer smartphone plans bundled with multiple Apple services, including Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple TV+.

While new iPhones are usually announced in September, multiple reports claim that Apple plans to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup in October this year. This timeframe was effectively confirmed by Apple itself, which during its June quarter earnings call indicated that supply of new iPhones would be available "a few weeks later" this year.

Four new iPhone 12 models are expected, including one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model, all with OLED displays, 5G support, and a new flat-edged design. Rumors have suggested that Apple may opt for a staggered launch, with some models launching later than others, but the exact order of the rollout remains to be seen.

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iModFrenzy Avatar
50 months ago
I don’t understand the 5G craze, LTE is more that sufficient for most people. Not to mention, some networks aren’t even fully done rolling out LTE, why begin another project? AT&T’s LTE is so poor in my area.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lestmak Avatar
50 months ago
Haha! No-one calls BT, "British Telecom" any more. It's like calling AT&T, "The American Telephone and Telegraph Company".
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EugW Avatar
50 months ago

I don’t understand the 5G craze, LTE is more that sufficient for most people. Not to mention, some networks aren’t even fully done rolling out LTE, why begin another project? AT&T’s LTE is so poor in my area.
When the iPhone 5 came out:

"I don't understand the 4G LTE craze, 3G HSPA is more than sufficient for most people. Not to mention, some networks aren't even fully done rolling out 3G HSPA, why begin another project? AT&T's 3G HSPA is so poor in my area."
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nimoy Avatar
50 months ago
Until Apple announces the keynote, we're always a minimum of 7 days away from seeing these phones.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
testcard Avatar
50 months ago
Apparently 6G is only “years away.”
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EugW Avatar
50 months ago

I'm gonna guess the Keynote is going to happen the week Yom Kippur is over. Sept 29, 30 or Oct 1.
If this is actually going to happen, they'll have to announce it in the next day or so.

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