The MMWave 5G iPhone could come to more countries this year

Last year all iPhones received support for the more common sub-6GHz form of the 5G, yet high-speed MM Wave 5G iPhones were limited to US models only. However it is set to change this year.


We’ve outlined two major types of 5G before …

The Sub-6 GHz delivers somewhat faster speeds than the 5G LTE, but not dramatically. This provides reduced delays and greater power per cell tower, so more people should get closer to the speed of advertising.

The Mimi Wave 5G is a significant standard, theoretically capable of gigabit speeds, but about half offers about 500 Mbps. However, it’s extremely short-range: closer to WiFi than LTE. This means it is only available in very limited areas such as airports, large transit stations, stadiums and tourist spots.

Only US iPhone 12 Pro models support MimiWave 5G, probably due to the extra cost for Apple. Supporting both 5G variants, the module costs Apple about 50 50 more than the authentic Sub-6GHz.

Apple has placed a large mm wave order for 2021

However, Apple has implicitly stated that Apple has added an additional supplier of MimeWave 5G antennas. [note to pedants] Giving “a big order” for next year and for these.

Today, a supply chain report outside Taiwan revealed that a company called Qiuki is in the process of receiving a large order for a millimeter wave antenna for the iPhone 13, which could signal the expansion of this technology to more iPhone models. […]

The report said that Western Group has invested in QK in the netcom plant and entered into the iPhone supply chain for the first time for millimeter wave antennas this year by partnering with Japanese electronics giant Murta Manufacturing Co. […]

The large order of millimeter wave antennas for the new iPhone 13 series is the first time that a Taiwanese manufacturer has provided Apple antenna-related items that are important for the reception quality of the iPhone.

The report is quite vague, so does not give too much indication about the size of the order. It seems logical to assume that Apple will prioritize both its most important overseas market and the largest intruder of MimiWave 5G. Possible target countries would include Canada, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

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