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The iPhone 12 will probably have 5G. Many people won't notice

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At Tuesday's "Hi Speed" event, Apple is expected to unveil an iPhone 12 with 5G connectivity, a technical upgrade that will help the company keep pace with competitors and increase adoption of 5G technology. Analysts predict the new capability could prompt a "supercycle" of iPhone upgrades.

It's faster and has greater bandwidth than existing 4G LTE networks, which will eventually mean rapid video downloads and improved experiences with services like augmented reality and live gaming, among other consumer perks.

But Apple (AAPL) — and iPhone 12 customers — could face a challenge: 5G is still in the process of being rolled out and services using the network's faster speeds remain relatively limited, meaning consumers may not experience massive differences compared to their old 4G phones.

(Apple is also expected to release iPhone models compatible with how international 5G networks are being constructed, analysts say. )

Apple could throw another variable into the mix by making only the high-end, more expensive iPhone 12 models connect to the fastest, "high-band" 5G networks, according to Moor Insights and Strategy analyst Anshel Sag.

All that said, Apple will sell tens — potentially hundreds — of millions of iPhone 12s, meaning there will still be many consumers across the country soon able to access some form of 5G network.

DA Davidson's Forte said he thinks the iPhone 12 may include high quality video capabilities, to capitalize on the rapid video upload and download speeds 5G will provide.

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