Apple recently introduced the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5. The common point of these two products is that they both have more powerful hardware upgrades, and both support 5G networks. However, according to what has been announced, it seems that the 5G network on the iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 is not the fastest 5G network technology currently.
Specifically, both iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 will support 5G NR bands (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79) in the US market. Apple never mentioned the use of mmWave bands on the two new products. mmWave is the fastest 5G technology at the moment and only the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series and iPad Pro 11/12.9 inches support this technology in the US market.
With no mmWave support, the new iPhone SE and iPad Air will be limited to the sub-6GHz frequency band. Although sub-6GHz is still theoretically faster than LTE, it is not the most modern technology that users can experience. It’s understandable because iPhone SE 3 starts at $429 and iPad Air 5 costs $599, making it difficult to support mmWave on these two products.
However, the good news is that most countries around the world currently only use 5G sub-6GHz networks, including Vietnam. So equipping mmWave for cheap iPhone and iPad Air line is not a good thing to do.
iPhone SE 3 and iPad Air 5 will be available on March 18.