Apple’s iPads have long supported cellular connectivity, and with the new iPhone 12 series supporting 5G, we suppose it shouldn’t really come as a surprise to learn that Apple could be looking to introduce mmWave 5G to its higher-end iPad Pros starting in 2021, or at least that’s the word according to DigiTimes.
While 5G has yet to fully roll out across the US, let alone the entire world, it seems that companies aren’t wasting time trying to develop the next-gen tech that follows 5G, which comes in the form of 6G. In fact, taking part in that alliance is none other than Apple, who has only recently just released their first 5G capable iPhones.
The way smartphones are at the moment, typically we can get a day or two out of them before needing to recharge. This is made worse with the inclusion of 5G technology which has only served to drain battery even faster, but the folks at Oukitel have announced a new smartphone in the form of the WP10 that we imagine should last you for days.
If you’re subscribed to Google Fi’s MVNO service and just got yourself a brand new iPhone 12, you might notice that you are unable to connect to the network’s 5G service. It’s not a mistake because it appears that Google Fi currently does not support the iPhone 12, despite Google’s website stating that it should.
Recently it was confirmed that Apple is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem in its new iPhones. There is the question of how long Apple plans to keep using Qualcomm’s tech? After all, the company did acquire Intel’s modem business for a good reason, so how long will Apple continue relying on Qualcomm for components?
The status bar on your smartphone is useful to see the network you’re connected to and the network strength. For example, you might be in an area with poor coverage and instead of getting LTE, you’re getting 3G. These are useful things to know, but with the iPhone 12, that might be harder to ascertain.
In order to download iOS updates, users typically need to be connected to a WiFi network and ensure that their phone has sufficient battery. The former is because some iOS updates, especially major ones, are pretty big and downloading it over LTE can take a while, not to mention can eat into data caps.
It has been speculated that one of the reasons why Apple and Qualcomm settled their lawsuit was because Apple needed Qualcomm for their 5G technology. Sure enough, according to a teardown video of the iPhone 12 posted onto Weibo, it has been confirmed that Apple is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem for its 5G iPhones.
When LTE was first released, one of the issues people had was with battery life where unsurprisingly, it drained battery faster than 3G. Eventually battery tech improved and for the most part, we got used to it. It looks like that cycle is repeating itself with the iPhone 12 and with its use of 5G connectivity.
A lot of businesses still largely rely on WiFi for communications and connectivity. However, the problem with WiFi is that it can be affected by things like range, where if you walk from one end of an area to another, you might lose coverage. This is versus cellular connectivity where the signal strength is stronger.
An earlier report revealed that based on Apple support documents, it was suggested that 5G on iPhone 12 might not work while dual SIMs are in use. This seemed like a rather strange thing because why wouldn’t it work, especially if the iPhone 12 already supports 5G on a hardware level, and if you’re subscribed to a 5G plan?
One of the features of Apple’s newer iPhones is that it supports dual SIM. One SIM card slot will be a physical one, and the other will be an e-SIM. This allows users to use two different SIM cards and numbers of a single device, making it ideal for separating work and personal, and also when traveling overseas.
At Apple’s event today, the company has taken the wraps off their brand new iPhone 12 lineup. It seems that the rumors were right because Apple has indeed announced four new models in the iPhone 12 series, which includes the iPhone 12 mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, and last but not least, the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
When Google announced the Pixel 4a last month, the company also announced that they had a couple more handsets on the way in the form of the Google Pixel 5 and the 5G version of the Pixel 4a. If you have been looking forward to either handset, you’ll be pleased to learn that the phones have since been announced.