Apple could be planning to expand the availability of 5G mmWave supported iPhones in additional countries later this year upon the launch of iPhone 13.
Canada and other countries may finally see 5G mmWave being supported through the upcoming line of iPhone 13 models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo expects the mmWave infrastructure to significantly expand to Canada, Japan, Australia, and major European countries throughout 2021.
Currently, Apple’s iPhone 12 supports mmWave in the US. This segment makes up roughly 30-35 percent of overall iPhone 12 shipments. Kuo believes that in 2021, Apple will increase the totals of allocated mmWave supported devices. It’s said that by increasing the number of countries the 5G mmWave supported iPhone 13 will be in, total allocation will be brought up to 55-60 percent of overall iPhone 13 shipments.
When it comes to the design of the mmWave compatible iPhone 13, Kuo believes Apple won’t veer off course from what we’ve seen with the iPhone 12. On the 2020 model, the iPhone features a small visible antenna on the right side of the smartphone. Kuo states that it’s likely that we’ll see the same antenna visible on the mmWave supported iPhone 13.
We still have quite a while to wait and see what Apple has planned. Aside from mmWave support, the iPhone 13 is expected to be available in four SKUs, comparable to the iPhone 12 selection. A smaller notch is also expected to be featured.