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Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the launch of the iPhone 12, which is the first iPhone enabled to harness the power of the 5G network.
Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 12, the first Apple smartphone with 5G-enabled technology that eventually will let data flow at much faster speeds. “Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said. “This is a huge moment for all of us.” But not exactly a huge moment for most consumers, at least not yet. Eventually, smartphones with 5G capabilities — expected to be 10 to 20 times faster than 4G speeds — will make a big difference for gamers and people who stream videos on mobile, but industry analysts say 5G infrastructure in the U.S. is years away from being widely available. “Now we have an iPhone that is capable of exploiting the benefits of the 5G wireless network, but we have an underdeveloped network,” D.A. Davidson Research Analyst Tom Forte said. “It could take a couple years for that to happen.” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg, who was on hand at Apple’s Tuesday event, said that 5G is now in 55 cities, 43 sports stadiums …
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