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Apple will only sell 5G-capable iPhones from next year onwards

All iPhones released from 2022 onwards will feature 5G modems. (Image source: Daniel Romero)
All iPhones released from 2022 onwards will feature 5G modems. (Image source: Daniel Romero)
According to a report, Apple is moving its entire iPhone product stack to 5G modems from next year. Undoubtedly, Apple will continue to sell regional variants, including models in the US with 5G mmWave antennas. The change will finally bring 5G connectivity to the iPhone SE, too.

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It took Apple a while to jump aboard the 5G bandwagon, having released its first 5G-capable iPhones last year with the iPhone 12 series. It is worth stressing that not all 5G-capable iPhone models are created equally, as we have covered before. In short, US models can access faster 5G mmWave networks that are unavailable in Europe. Unsurprisingly, Apple stripped 5G mmWave antennas for iPhone 12 models sold in the EU.

According to Nikkei Asia, Apple plans to release 5G-only iPhones from 2022 onwards. Undoubtedly, most of these iPhones will be sold under the iPhone 14 series, which are also tipped to receive series-wide 120 Hz ProMotion displays. However, Nikkei Asia states that there will be no iPhone 14 mini, as has been suggested previously.

Additionally, Nikkei Asia believes that Apple's 5G adoption hinges on a new iPhone SE, which the company is expected to release in 1H 2022. As DigiTimes reported earlier this week, the next iPhone SE is expected to retain the design of the iPhone 8, which the current iPhone SE also has. Nikkei Asia asserts that the next iPhone SE will arrive with an Apple A15 Bionic though, not an A14 Bionic, as DigiTimes states.

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Nikkei Asia via GSMArena, Daniel Romero - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2021-07-22 (Update: 2021-07-22)