24 September 2020
UPDATE (September 9th, 2020):
As we wait for next week's Apple event, well-known tipster Evan Blass has tweeted a leaked image that appears to be an iPhone 12 promotional email screenshot. It shows that iPhone 12 will come with 5G connectivity support. Another important aspect to note here is that pre-orders will end on October 20th. This is in line with previous leaks that iPhone 12 will go on sale sometime next month.
Original (September 4th, 2020)
Apple's iPhone 12 lineup is widely rumored to be the first one to be 5G compatible but a new report claims not all models will offer the same connectivity. As per Fast Company report, only the high-end i.e. iPhone 12 Pro Max will support the millimeter-wave 5G spectrum. The remaining ones will be limited to the Sub-6GHz 5G frequency.
The millimeter-wave 5G band is the fastest 5G network that is capable of offering up to 1Gbps download speed. It is limited to select countries around the world for now. As for the Sub-6GHz band, it is the widely available 5G band that one would find in any country that has started offering 5G connectivity. Even in the United States, it is the band that can be found commonly as compared to the high-speed counterpart.
The decision to keep mmWave 5G limited to the iPhone 12 Pro Max is because of the space needed for internal components. It is the only phone in the lineup to be spacious enough for accommodating a special antenna design and a bigger battery to compensate for the additional power consumption. It further adds that only the United States, Japan, and Korean units of the phone will come with mmWave 5G support.
The upcoming iPhone 12 series is going to be unique in many ways. One of them is the possibility of iPhone 12 models shipping without any in-box accessories. The buyers will not get an adapter or earphones with the retail box which is an attempt to prevent prices from getting a bump.