Some new data reported by PCMag indicates that the iPhone 12 Pro Max, 12 Pro and 12 are already the three best-selling 5G phones in the United States. The fact that the phones are only four months old speaks to the continued popularity of the iPhone in the US and how big a role it will play in driving 5G adoption in this country.
These reports come from the research company M Science’s sales data and information collected from Ookla Speedtest users. M Science tracks cumulative sales of 5G phones in the US. This dataset includes sales from the week of January 23 and specifically does not include Galaxy S21
Apple, as it is not used to, took the time to add 5G to their phones. Samsung started in 2019 with the Galaxy S10 5G and added 5G across its S20 series in 2020. Outside the two manufacturers, 5G has dropped from a unique premium feature in the budget phone class recently. Despite this growing range of options, adoption has been slow. Since Apple is responsible for a little less than half of all cell phone shipments in the United States, it makes sense that a 5G iPhone would give adoption rates a push. So far, that seems to be the case.
In the US, 5G’s slow start has certainly not been helped by a less than fantastic product. While every major operator offers nationwide 5G coverage, performance is often about the same as 4G – and sometimes even worse. That will change when more range becomes available to carriers later this year and into the next, but not before many new iPhone 12 owners (unfortunately?) Experience 5G for themselves.