iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 mini support mmWave 5G, but only in the US [u]

Apple’s latest iPhone 12 models are the first to feature 5G connectivity, but access to ultra-fast mmWave bands are limited to customers in the U.S.

Support for speedy 5G connectivity was a central selling point when Apple announced the new handsets on Tuesday. According to a support document, however, access to bands that offer the greatest data transfer potential are limited to certain models.

As noted by Apple, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone mini integrate Qualcomm radios compatible with the n260 and n261 bands, which operate at 39GHz and 28GHz, respectively. Known as mmWave, these high-frequency bands feature wavelengths that can be measured in millimeters instead of centimeters or larger, and provide ample data transfer capability with bandwidths exceeding 3GHz.

While Apple’s 5G-compatible iPhones support a wide range of bands, including those that operate in the robust sub-6GHz spectrum, mmWave is restricted to U.S. models.

Apple says it “had to do things a little differently” to enable 5G communication on iPhone, like engineering custom antennas and radio parts.

“Then we gave iPhone 12 Pro the most 5G bands of any smartphone, so you’ll get 5G in more places,” the company says on its website.

On the software side, Apple optimized its software stack to take full advantage of 5G’s speed while maximizing efficiency. The company claims “many apps” will net 5G gains without drawing additional power.

Apple is jumping on the 5G bandwagon, but is doing so in a typically slow and steady way. Sensitive to the immense power draw required to make 5G work, the company is implementing smart algorithms to enable the hungry radios only when needed.

Whether mmWave compatibility will extend to countries beyond the U.S. remains to be seen, but that is a distinct

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Apple just wrapped up its big iPhone 12 event, where it announced four new iPhone 12 models, all of which support new faster 5G networks.

It also announced a new smart home speaker, called the HomePod Mini, and some fun accessories for the new iPhones that use magnets to attach to them.

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Buy online, pick up in store options — such as curbside and in-store pickup — have gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic as a safe, convenient alternative to browsing store aisles.

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Apple iPhone 12 to launch without wired earbuds, wall charger in box

  • Apple’s iPhone 12 will not come with wired headphones in the box, nor will it come with a wall charger.
  • It will come with a USB C to Lightning cable, however.
  • The company made the announcement when unveiling its iPhone 12 lineup on Tuesday, and attributed the removal to environmental concerns.
  • The omission comes as Apple’s wireless AirPods have exploded in popularity in recent years, and the company moves to make its packaging more sustainable.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple will no longer include its wired EarPod headphones in the box with its new iPhones, starting with the iPhone 12.

The company is also removing the wall charger from the iPhone’s box. Apple will include a USB-C to Lightning cable, however, which can be plugged into a computer or adapter for charging.

Apple executive Lisa Jackson announced the change Tuesday afternoon after announcing its new smartphone lineup. “It’s like removing 450,000 cars from the road per year,” she said.

The move will allow Apple to create smaller, more sustainable iPhone packaging.

It’s a major change from Apple’s history of including wired headphones with its wireless devices, going back to the iPod and continuing through to 2019’s iPhone 11. Even when Apple dropped the headphone jack from its flagship phones in 2016, the company continued including a version of its wired EarPods in the box with a lightning plug.

Those headphones won’t come in the box with this year’s iPhone, nor will a wall charger.

The move comes as Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds have grown in popularity, becoming an increasingly critical part of the company’s product lineup. Apple’s wearables, home, and accessories category, which includes AirPods and other products like the Apple Watch, has become a highlight in Apple’s earnings reports during quarters in which iPhone sales have

Verizon’s iPhone 12 deals include free phones for switchers, discounts for those upgrading

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Verizon is offering iPhone 12 discount if you meet the right criteria. 


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Looking for the new iPhone 12 on Verizon? The carrier has some deals if you meet the right criteria. 

Fresh off of the announcement that it has turned on its new 5G nationwide network, the nation’s largest carrier on Tuesday announced its deals for Apple’s latest iPhones. As with prior years, those who are switching to Verizon will be able to get an iPhone 12 for free when they trade-in “select” phones and sign up for either a Do More, Play More or Get More unlimited plan. 

Those who already have Verizon will be able to get the iPhone 12 for as low as $15 per month for 24-months when financing on Verizon’s device installment plans and trading in “select” phones. You will also need to be on one of those newer premium unlimited plans or the older Above or Beyond unlimited plans. 

The exact phones eligible for trade-in were not immediately known, though if you have an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus you can save $250 off a new iPhone when you trade-in, purchase the new phone online and have the right unlimited plan.

Verizon’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro go on preorder on Friday before going on sale the following week. 

The deals, while not as aggressive as those offered by rival AT&T, come after Verizon took a prominent role during Apple’s iPhone event. The carrier’s CEO, Hans Vestberg, appeared on stage during the virtual keynote to announce its new nationwide 5G network with numerous Apple speakers referencing Verizon and its 5G network during the event. 

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