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The fastest 5G technology is not supported by the new iPhone SE


The iPhone XS is only compatible with the cheap 5G.

Apple has shown a new iPad Air, new colours for the iPhone 13, and a whole new Mac Studio with a display that doubles as a workstation. Additionally, a new iPhone SE model was shown.

Next year’s iPhone SE has an A15 Bionic chipset, more robust glass, improved battery life, and upgraded camera capabilities. It has 5G connection, although it’s marked with an asterisk.


In the company’s press release announcing the new iPhone SE, Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance, praised the presence of 5G in the device:

“Users will enjoy quicker downloads and uploads, better video streaming, real-time app interaction, and more on the iPhone SE thanks to 5G. Apple is the only company capable of offering the most up-to-date technology and performance at this pricing point.”

A quick glance at Apple’s press release or event video would lead you to believe that the iPhone SE supports all of the new 5G capabilities that were unveiled during the event. However, it seems that this is not the case.


On the Apple Store website, the firm states that the new iPhone SE supports 5G, but only with “5G (sub-6 GHz) with 2×2 MIMO,” which is a limitation. While the new iPhone SE supports low and mid-band 5G, it lacks mmWave, the fastest 5G technology presently on the market.

Is this a deal breaker for Apple’s iPhone SE? Not at all. This 5G technology, although the quickest, is also the most concentrated and hence has a limited range. For the time being, mmWave is either unavailable or overkill in most situations. At this point, it’s mostly being used in large cities and tourist attractions like sports stadiums.

So, despite the fact that the iPhone SE does not support mmWave, it is unlikely that you will ever come into an area that does. As a potential buyer, you’ll be pleased with the iPhone SE’s improved performance, durability, and battery life (along with most 5G compatibility).


On Friday, preorders for the iPhone SE’s next generation will begin, and the device will go on sale on March 18.

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