Apple’s new iPhones are the first with 5G. What does that mean for you?

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For Apple users and those looking to join the Apple ecosystem, autumn is iPhone season. This year, a range of iPhone 12-series smartphones are available for purchase.This fresh iPhone crop builds in a capability that had long been expected: support for high-speed 5G wireless-data service. This technology can dramatically improve web access, video playback and file downloads on a smartphone.
5G has been available on Android phones for a while, but iPhone support guarantees it greater visibility.
So, is 5G for you? That is, should its presence on the new Apple phones prompt you to upgrade from an older iPhone model? It’s a tricky question.
The big-three wireless carriers have been deploying their 5G networks in the Twin Cities and across parts of the state for a while, but 5G performance varies depends on carrier and location.
The good news is that 5G from all of the carriers should work fine on all the new iPhones — including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. I’ve been trying 5G in the Twin Cities using loaner iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro devices, along with 5G SIM cards from Verizon and T-Mobile, with mostly good results.
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