While Apple fans around the world are looking forward to an official announcement for the iPhone 12 range, recent leaks offer a surprising bit of information that may lead to heated debates and disappointment.
A reliable source has announced that three of the models will come with 5G modules that offer a performance that is on par with that found on mid-range iPhones. Only the iPhone 12 Pro Max will receive a high-performance 5G module, with the feature being limited to a small number of countries.
Limited 5G support
The premium 5G (mmWave) standard will be available on iPhone 12 Pro Max models sold in the US, Japan, and South Korea. In other countries, the iPhone 12 Pro Max will come with the same Sub-6HZ 5G module, and this will be the only standard available on the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Plus, and iPhone 12 Pro.
While the slower standard offers a 50% speed gain in comparison to 4G in practical tests and offers a solid performance increase for mid-range devices, mmWave 5G represents bleeding edge technology as it can reach speeds of up to 1GB per second and is available across the entire Galaxy S20 range.
It appears that the decision related to the use of a slower 5G version comes from another controversial decision, as it is also thought that Apple plans to reduce the battery capacity of the entire iPhone 12 range.
The reduced battery capacity is also the reason behind the supposed removal of 120Hz ProMotion display, which would have offered a competitive refresh rate but consume a significant amount of power. Customers who are displeased by the changes have the option to wait until a 4G version of the iPhone 12 Pro will be released in 2021, offering the design and hardware changes present on the 5G model at a lower price tag.