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OK, let’s be honest. Up until now, it’s all just been a warmup. But with the launch of Apple’s first ever 5G-capable iPhone – the iPhone 12 line – 5G is really here.

In truth, 5G service and 5G phones for consumers officially launched last year in the US, but the initial efforts from all three major US carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, were very limited. Things started picking up this year, as Samsung and other vendors unveiled a wide range of 5G-capable phones, and both T-Mobile and AT&T turned on nationwide 5G service (with Verizon rumored to be doing so imminently). Now, however, with Apple finally jumping in, the 5G era is most definitely upon us.

So, the obvious question is, what does that really mean?

The short answer is faster and more reliable download speeds for all the applications and services we know and