How iPhone 5G will transform the way you watch content online

Online streaming has become the go-to medium for live and video entertainment. Super-charged 5G mobile connectivity is about to be rolled out across the UK, but what does that mean for your iPhone and the things you watch on it?

Our O2 Gurus have broken down the nuances of 5G and how it will revolutionise how we watch videos on our phones.

What is iPhone 5G?

In February 2019, we announced our plan to launch a 5G network across the UK, coming later this year. 5G is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity and, in practice, it means you’ll enjoy faster connection speeds than ever before.

But 5G isn’t just a small step up from 4G. It’s a whole different beast.

5G networks use a three-tiered structure: enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), massive machine type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC). Long, technical terms, but you’ll love the effect they could have on your new iPhone:

  • eMBB will allow you to surf at speeds upwards of 1GBps – that’s almost four times faster than 4G.
  • mMTC will make it easier for you to connect to more demanding services, making buffering a thing of the past.
  • URLLC will reduce loading times and make it easier for mobile devices to process online data.

When taken as a complete package, iPhone 5G will make internet browsing seamless. Viewing live or recorded video will be easier, smoother and faster than ever before.

Do I need a 5G iPhone?

In the near future, you’ll need 5G to enjoy the best mobile video experience. The average online video today streams at 720p or 1080p resolution. A one-minute 1080p video streaming at 60fps will use up around 200MB of data.

That may not sound like much, but definition rates and frames-per-second speeds are always improving, meaning mobiles are always being asked to do more.

With 5G, you’ll have access to the highest resolutions and frame rates, letting you stream the best quality video that your phone can support, including the likes of 4K 60fps (HDR) – some of the highest quality video you’ll find online.

Will iPhone 5G make mobile movies better?

If you can’t get enough of online streaming, the speed of 5G might prove to be a game-changer. By offering faster, more reliable connections, this technology lets you watch more content on your iPhone.

With 3G and even 4G, watching feature-length films in HD can sometimes be a challenge. With 5G, it won’t be. iPhone 5G will not only make it faster to start streaming your favourite content, but keep is streaming smoothly – no more buffering, yay!

You’ll also be able to take full advantage of our double data deals for Netflix and other streaming services.

Is my iPhone 5G ready?

Not quite yet. You’ll need a compatible handset to experience 5G because the technology is vastly different from anything that’s existed before. Apple is yet to announce when it will release its first 5G iPhone. Some ‘techsperts’ reckon that Apple might release 5G iPhones in the second half of 2020. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

However the newest iPhone 11 trio all have gigabit class LTE. Giga what? In simple terms this just a faster version of 4G LTE. Wahey for faster downloads on the go!

Embrace the benefits of 5G

When the iPhone 5G revolution hits, you’ll enjoy the following benefits each time you stream mobile content:

  1. More bandwidth means faster speeds and quicker loading times for videos.
  2. 5G will redefine how mobiles connect to the internet and open the door to new technologies.
  3. Buffering will be less of an issue thanks to reduced latency. Latency is the time it takes for information to go to and from your phone, so with reduced (or even zero) latency, you’ll be able to watch movies on your iPhone without disruptions.

The best way to keep track of the latest developments is to check out our iPhone range. By keeping up to date with our selection of deals and handsets and by bookmarking The Blue, you’ll be first in the queue when a 5G iPhone makes an entrance.

Buying a new smartphone? Take a look at our latest Apple iPhone range from iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.