The report cites “industry insiders” who say that iPhone 12 models may not support the 700MHz 5G band. Lower-spectrum bands such as 700MHz are crucial to 5G coverage since they are far-reaching and penetrate well through walls and buildings, and 700MHz is expected to be the most common form of 5G in the UK.
“If it doesn’t support 700MHz then you end up with coverage problems,” said principal analyst at Assembly, Matthew Howett. “The spectrum bands that the iPhone works on are crucially important.”
If the iPhone 12 does not support the 700MHz 5G band, it will likely result in carrier Three being afforded a major advantage in the UK market. Three has acquired large amounts of the 5G spectrum, so it would be better able to handle a lack of 700MHz support by using a range of other bands.
The situation may be similar to the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012, when EE was the only telecoms operator with enough coverage to reliably offer the latest connectivity in the UK. It now appears that Three could be the only operator with enough 5G coverage for the iPhone 12.
If the 700MHz band does turn out to be supported by the iPhone 12, British customers will not be able to use the band as it has not yet been acquired by an operator. The 700MHz band is set to be auctioned to telecoms operators by Ofcom in early 2021.
The iPhone 12 lineup is almost certain to appear on Tuesday at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event, where more specific details about 5G spectrum support will likely emerge.
Friday October 9, 2020 1:34 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
A Chinese Weibo account going by the name “Kang” this morning posted allegedly accurate information for every product set to be announced at the upcoming Apple event on October 13, including details on the full iPhone 12 lineup.
An image of the original post in Chinese has been tweeted by leaker Ice Universe, who has provided accurate information on unreleased Apple products in the past. The …
Friday October 9, 2020 11:51 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple retail stores around the world are receiving shipments of new devices that are likely to be the new iPad Air models, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
In a tweet, Gurman said that new devices have started arriving at Apple Stores “for opening at a later date.” These new devices are likely the iPad Airs that are set to go on sale at some point in October as it’s too early for the…
Tuesday October 6, 2020 10:55 pm PDT by Arnold Kim
Earlier today, Apple announced a new event for October 13, 2020. The event has been widely anticipated as the launch of the iPhone 12. Apple typically launches iPhones in September every year, but this year’s release has been slightly delayed. Still, rumors have been flying about the new devices as well as Apple’s other plans so we have a good idea of what Apple could be announcing next week.
Apple is set to host its next event on Tuesday, October 13, where it is widely expected to unveil its iPhone 12 lineup and more, but those waiting for the first Apple Silicon Mac may have to be patient for a little bit longer.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman today reported that the first Mac with a custom Apple Silicon processor will be announced as part of “another launch” in November. Gurman said…
Apple’s iPhone 12 event is nearly upon us, and leaks and rumors have been flying around in the final days. We’ve got new details on the iPhone 12 and its launch timing, a smaller HomePod, and more.
In addition, we’re still looking at a number of other new products including AirPods Studio, AirTags, and the first Apple Silicon Macs, so read on below for the latest on all of these!
Tuesday October 6, 2020 9:05 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today announced a second 2020 event, which is set to be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with Apple’s September event focusing on the new iPad and Apple Watches, the October event will be digital only, with Apple likely providing pre-taped segments for each new product that will be announced.
Since the new iPad Air,…
Thursday October 8, 2020 1:43 pm PDT by Eric Slivka
While Apple has launched its new iPhone lineups annually in September for many years now, the timing is a little different in 2020 thanks to development and production delays due to the global health crisis.
Apple did hold a September event in 2020, but it involved Apple Watch and iPad announcements rather than addressing the iPhone. With Apple now ready to introduce the iPhone 12, the…
The iPhone 12 mini is set to be the smallest iPhone in many years, with a screen size of just 5.4 inches and a body size smaller than anything we’ve seen since the original iPhone SE. While fans of smaller form-factor devices have craved a modern small iPhone for years, there are five notable features that you’ll be giving up if you get the iPhone 12 mini, if you believe the current rumors about…