Apple’s 5G iPhone is coming – get ready for a ‘paradigm changer’

Labor Day weekend is behind us, which means it’s almost time for Apple’s annual iPhone reveal which is expected to happen this year in October due to delays caused by COVID-19 shutdowns. This year’s event is expected to usher in Apple’s first smartphones with 5G capability.

iPhone 12 design
Apple’s rumored iPhone 12 design

Connor Smith for MarketWatch:

Some bullish analysts think Apple’s 5G iPhone could be a boon for sales. Though 5G phones may not be life-changing for consumers out of the gate, it could spur upgrades for those holding out until the next big thing. The launch of 4G iPhones had such an effect on sales.

Wedbush analyst Dan Ives wrote in a note on Monday that he expects four new iPhone models from Apple some time in mid-October… “In particular we are seeing Apple and its Asian suppliers anticipate stepped-up demand for the larger 6.7-inch model which is raising the overall iPhone 12 expectations heading into this ‘once in a decade’ potential launch,” he added.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s exactly the model we’re waiting for, the 6.7-inch Pro Max.

Ives has a $150 price target on Apple stock, and points to its massive services business, and his expectation the 5G launch will be a “supercycle” that can drive growth for the iPhone category. He does note that the stock could be volatile over the coming weeks.

MacDailyNews Take: In his note to clients, Ives wrote, “In a nutshell, we believe the iPhone 12 cycle and Rock of Gibraltar services segment will be a paradigm changer for Cupertino.” We concur.


  1. “paradigm changer”
    Guh. Marketers misuse words until nothing means anything anymore. Paradigm Shift means things like figuring out that the Earth revolves around the Sun, and not the other way around. Making a phone a bit faster is not a paradigm change.

    1. Yeah marketing for sure. It could have said that 5G is as much as 100 times faster and more capable than 4G, or just “100 times stronger,” but the drama and excitement is lost.

  2. Just a faster connection that maybe worthwhile for advanced industrial applications, real-time auto-pilot driving and other area’s that Apple doesn’t have anything to offer as of yet.
    Stop using the word “paradigm change” until things really change behavior, practice or classes of applications

  3. 5G requires more towers closer to gather, so I envision a transmission tower on every structure to pollute the pollute the cityscape even more. Besides, 5G has not been proven safe to human cells and to the human electrical body long term and it has not been shown how to eliminate its powerful RF from penetrating and intruding into dwellings inhabited by non-5G users who might be inundated by the high frequency RF signals. “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe.” Scientific American. And, “…there is insufficient data for a meaningful health risk assessment.” in another scientific journal. And what about the likely nearly continuous high level, low level exposure to RF in your home: Microwave, WiFi, computer, smart home infrastructure, iPhone, etc.

    1. You might need to get your vision “checked”.

      There will not be that many added towers, maybe more small monopoles on existing sites that will share between the different companies.

      The basic function will still be the same for most cellular use. It is all dependent on the frequencies used. When I was working ATT last winter we were using 5 different frequencies, some will be phased out, some will be repurposed. The lower frequencies going the longest distances will still carry the load for calls while the higher power upper freqs will be used in DATA intensive areas. These are the only ones needing tighter repeater patterns.

      Expect to see these added to power poles and other existing structures.

      If you are concerned about microwave frequencies, consider almost every square inch of America is serviced by satellites beaming 3.5 GHz signals down for TV for homes and cable systems, TV broadcasters and long distance phone. That doesn’t begin to count for the point-to-point systems already using 2-12 GHz for all types of DATA links including internet to rural areas.

      However, you DO make me wonder if some people living near transmitters are suffering from lower brain functions as this would most certainly explain ridiculous behavior in many cities where these paths are concentrated. Although it may be too late for you, I still recommend this solution….

  4. 802.11ax is the real paradigm shift, not G5. Nobody is writing about it. Will the iPhone 12 include that? That’s what I wondering. I’ve been with the Xs Max for these last two years. So I’m ready to advance to the 12 Pro Max. But I’ll be very disappointed if it doesn’t include 802.11ax WiFi.

    1. Why do you need that added speed in a phone?
      I can see its use in home wifi for 4k video streamed from device to device (cable box, disc player, computer to TV or monitor), but unless your iPhone is doing that I see no need for it unless I have missed something.

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