5G capabilities in the iPhone 13 lineup may not be as extensive as we thought, as access via mmWave remains a US-only feature.
Ahead of the launch, it was widely reported that the iPhone 13 family will expand premium mmWave 5G network access to the iPhone 12 Pro in more countries. Apple seems to have confirmed this at its California streaming launch event, stating that “the iPhone 13 runs 5G at the latest speeds elsewhere.”
However, it has since emerged that there is still a clear regional divide when it comes to the iPhone 13 line’s access to the good stuff.
Go to Apple’s Official iPhone cellular compatibility pageand you’ll find that mmWave 5G connectivity remains a US-only feature for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, just like it did with the iPhone 12 Pro.
As noted MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Taiwanese research firm TrendForce predicted that Apple will expand mmWave 5G connectivity to additional countries for the iPhone 13 range, including Canada, Japan, Australia and parts of Europe.
This is not to say that Apple’s claim of broader 5G coverage is inaccurate. All four iPhone 13 models support additional 5G bands below 6 GHz, which will allow them to expand 5G coverage to approximately 200 operators in 60 countries and regions by the end of the year.
It’s just that top-tier 5G speed will still be reserved for Apple’s domestic market for at least another year, which will be a little disappointing if your own country (or a specific area of town, which may be more likely) is packing mmWave infrastructure. …