iPhone 13 May Feature Faster mmWave 5G Connectivity in More Countries

The iPhone 13 lineup may expand faster mmWave 5G connectivity to more countries outside the United States, according to Taiwanese supply chain sources cited by Patently Apple.

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The report claims that a Taiwanese company called Qiqi is in the process of receiving a "large order" for mmWave antennas destined for the ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup, which may explain Qiqi chairman Xie Hongbo's announcement that the company's 5G-related component shipments would increase significantly this year. Apple's mmWave antennas are currently manufactured by Japanese company Murata Manufacturing, which will apparently share orders with Qiqi for the ‌iPhone 13‌.

Apple supplier Wistron reportedly invested in Qiqi, becoming its single largest shareholder, thereby helping to bring it into the iPhone supply chain for the first time. Qiqi apparently cooperates closely with Qualcomm on 5G and Wi-Fi 6 components, which was a key factor in the company being selected by Apple for mmWave parts.

In the United States, all ‌iPhone‌ 12 or ‌iPhone‌ 12 Pro models feature both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G. While mmWave is a faster form of 5G, it is less widespread and penetrates less well than sub-6GHz 5G, so the ‌iPhone‌ 12 features the ability to take advantage of both, depending on which is available. Outside the U.S., however, the ‌iPhone‌ 12 lineup only features slower sub-6GHz 5G.

The news that Apple is looking to order a large number of mmWave antennas and double its suppliers for the component may signal that ‌iPhone 13‌ models will feature faster mmWave technology in more regions. Countries such as the UK, Germany, Canada, China, and Japan all have growing mmWave networks and would be able to benefit from faster 5G with the ‌iPhone 13‌.

Moreover, the report notes that Qiqi is the market leader in designing antennas for laptops, which Apple could take advantage of to add 5G connectivity to a MacBook at some point in the future. For now, however, Apple's large order from Qiqi will reportedly support ‌iPhone 13‌ lineup only.

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Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
44 months ago
As an iPhone 12 user who lives in 5G range, allow me to tell you that the battery life hit is not worth it.
One day at my house, the power went out, and I was stuck using 5G. My phone drained from 100% down to about 55% in an hour, and all I was doing was listening to a podcast.
I turned off 5G-auto, and went back to regular LTE, and the battery drain immediately stopped.
The LTE loaded my podcast better as well.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
44 months ago
Useless until we get actual unlimited data at affordable prices in my country. The only thing I can see 5G being worth for is to stream but I would never dare to stream or to download big chunks of data on mobile data thanks to data caps so it does not really matter to me if I am on LTE or 5G. What do I care if my page loads a split mili second faster or if my WhatsApp picture gets sent slightly and unnoticeable quicker if my battery life suffers instead
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cosmosent Avatar
44 months ago
It's far more important that the 2nd-Gen 5G chips from Qualcomm have MUCH BETTER power efficiency, which they will !
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JPack Avatar
44 months ago
I doubt the accuracy of this news.

Most countries outside the U.S. aren't falling for the mmWave trap. They have plenty of access to mid-band 5G, which enables speeds in excess of 1Gbps.

The laws of physics will prevent mmWave from being widely adopted. It's simply unsuitable for urban deployment.

These orders for additional mmWave antennas are likely for upcoming iPad and MacBook products with 5G.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoGood Avatar
44 months ago
Sounds good. Reason why for bypassing iPhone 12, the first iPhone generation bypassed. It’s a half baked 5G phone, not worth the money.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apparatchik Avatar
44 months ago
Ive been very vocal about how 5G is basically worthless for common usage scenarios while negatively impacting battery life, the modem's inner space budget, producing higher heat levels etc. The X60 modem, however, might start to change this, even as the advantages of 5G over 4G+ remain mostly unchanged, as in just corner use cases benefit from it if at all.

Even as the most advanced device on most people hands (usually laptop, tablet, tv, etc are changed a lot less often), the devices that would benefit most from the advertised features of 5G are not smartphones, with their tiny screens and software limitations.

Without going into the self-driving cars and remote surgery marketing speech, 5G might actually be useful on a laptop or as a home broadband replacement so you can actually stream 4K/8K content to your TV or do actual work on your computer. On a phone, there's just so little you can do that is not already possible with 200 Mbps LTE. Online gaming, 4K Netflix, HD Live Streaming are all things you can already do from yout LTE+ iPhone 11.
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