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Apple launches 5G capable iPhone range

Paul Brislen, Editor. 14 October 2020, 7:20 am

The 5G race just got an added boost with the arrival at the start line of the iPhone 12 which will be available later this year.

The new flagship phone from Apple harks back to the iPhone 5 design with edges that are more squared off than the 11, a faster chip, better camera systems (including the ability to record video in Dolbyvision), LIDAR for better AR capability  and is smaller and thinner than its predecessor. The PowerbyProxi team must be happy as well as the phone includes a nod towards wireless charging similar to the way the Apple Watch charges - using a Magsafe charger that snaps onto the back of the phone. Expect to see a number of accessories that use this feature.

There are four versions of the 12 (iPhone, iPhone Pro, iPhone ProMax and iPhone 12 mini) and the full line of features and design cues is available at the Apple website. Pre-orders start this week although there's no word on delivery dates for New Zealand at this time.

But it is the inclusion of 5G capability that will really please the mobile phone operators coming as it does with the advent of the new networks here in New Zealand. 

Both Spark and Vodafone have been talking up their 5G capability in recent months and with customer behaviour radically changed thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, both will be looking for something to re-engage consumer interest in the faster network capability.

While both operators are racing to build out their networks, and already offer 5G Android phones, the introduction of 5G capable Apple devices will be welcome news.


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