Apple begins adding 5G to iPhone in India next week


iPhone 5G
iPhone users in India don't have to wait much longer for 5G.
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5G service launched in India in October, but no iPhone supports the high-speed wireless networking standard… yet. Apple plans to change that in December.

And those who are part of the iOS beta program can get access even earlier.

5G in India is almost here

5G cellular-wireless service has been rolling out around the world for several years, but it is still far from universal. Phone users in India remained dependent on 4G until Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G on October 1. But it’s still only available in a handful of cities.

Nevertheless, Modi has urged Apple to support the faster service. Whether it was a bow to political pressure or not, Apple committed to bring 5G support to iPhones in India in December.

The change will come with the release of iOS 16.2. And those who are in Apple’s public beta testing program will be able to start using the faster service next week, according to The Indian Express.

5G service is currently offered by Airtel and Jio. The service area is limited, but carriers in India have promised it will expand in 2023.

A new iPhone is not required. Every iOS handset going back to the iPhone 12 from 2020, as well as the latest iPhone SE, will support the version of 5G offered in India.


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