Although it was rumored by several sources that iPhone 13 models would support mmWave 5G in several countries, it turns out that mmWave is still limited to iPhone 13 models sold in the US, as was the case with iPhone 12 models .
Apple’s mobile compatibility page confirms that only US models of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave 5G tapes. In addition, the devices appear on Apple’s product pages for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro only with an mmWave antenna window on the company’s US website, without an mmWave antenna window being displayed in other countries.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that iPhone 13 models that support mmWave 5G would be available in additional markets, such as Canada, Japan, Australia and select European countries. The Taiwanese research company TrendForce had also expected that iPhones with mmWave 5G would be available in several countries with reference to their own studies.
mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds over short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further and serve better suburban and rural areas. All four iPhone 13 models support sub-6GHz outside the United States, and sub-6GHz networks are more common in countries that have rolled out 5G.
iPhone 13 models generally support additional 5G bands, according to Apple, resulting in the devices having greater 5G coverage around the world.
All four iPhone 13 models can be pre-ordered from and including Friday 17 September at 5.00 Pacific Time in over 30 countries and regions, and all devices will launch a week later on Friday, September 24th.