In case you didn’t know, the current state of 5G has resulted in two different versions – mmWave and sub-6GHz. The former offers faster speeds but has a shorter range, while the latter covers more ground but in exchange, it is slower. The iPhone 12 launched with support for both, but mmWave was limited to the US.
However, there have been rumors that Apple could change that with the iPhone 13 by bringing mmWave to more markets outside the US. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. According to Apple’s cellular compatibility page, it mentions that only US models of the iPhone 13 will support mmWave 5G bands.
This seems to have disproved rumors and reports from notable analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted that mmWave would be coming to countries like Canada, Japan, Australia, and several parts of Europe. It is unclear if this was a last minute change or if the reports were wrong all along, but that’s how it is at the moment.
We’re not sure why Apple hasn’t bothered to bring mmWave support to more countries and markets, but to be fair, sub-6GHz is still pretty fast and faster than LTE, so that in itself is an upgrade, so users shouldn’t feel bad about it.