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Apple’s iPhone 13 event just proves that for now, 5G doesn’t matter

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Tim Cook didn’t mention 5G at all this year. Apple executives didn’t spare any superlatives on Tuesday when introducing the new iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max . The iPhone 13 Pro, they said, is “the most Pro” phone yet. The iPhone camera got an upgrade , and Apple tapped Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow to show off its capabilities, predicting that the new Cinematic Mode would open opportunities for aspiring directors. The phones, they noted as well, will be the longest lasting yet, with new, bigger batteries across the line .

Somewhere in the middle of the 80-minute presentation were about 90 seconds spent on 5G . Get the CNET Now newsletter

That’s a far cry from when Apple held up its shiny new iPhone 12 nearly a year ago. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg joined Apple CEO Tim Cook during the 2020 keynote to talk about 5G, which served as the marquee feature and reason to upgrade. “5G just got real,” Vestberg proclaimed. Even as recently as July, during Apple’s fiscal third-quarter earnings conference call, Cook said 5G was “in the very early innings” and suggested a high ceiling. Yet on Tuesday, it was barely […]

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